Tag Archives: Nonadherence reasons

These are the barriers, causes, factors, or reasons that influence a patient not to adhere to medication regimens. Identifying and understanding these reasons provides a strong base from which to develop effective adherence solutions.

Addressing Adherence: The Need to Prioritize

Is enough rigor put into identifying the causes of non-adherence? Or into prioritizing these causes? Addressing adherence issues in the right order could have a major impact on improving adherence. Adherence and Diagnostic Rigor HCPs make clinical diagnoses based on a defined, rational process. Typically the process involves an examination of different inputs, such as patient history, physical signs, symptoms, and diagnostic test results. These findings are matched against possible… Read More »

5 Reasons Why Patient Motivation Is Vital for Adherence

It’s widely accepted that patient motivation is a factor in non-adherence. But just how much of a factor is it? And how does it rank vs other factors? Here are some thoughts on why patient motivation is of primary importance to improving adherence. Improving Adherence Behaviors Isn’t Easy I’d guess we’re all familiar with the old joke about psychiatrists and light bulbs. It goes something like this: Q. How many psychiatrists… Read More »

Simplify Adherence by Identifying Patient Intentions

Progress to improve adherence has been frustratingly slow. Maybe there are just too many options and too much information; making understanding and interpretation difficult? We need to simplify adherence in order to make the breakthroughs needed. Identifying patient intentions can help achieve this. Too Many Pieces in the Adherence Puzzle? Improvements in adherence have been difficult to achieve and progress has been frustratingly slow. To what extent is this lack… Read More »

3 Ways to Cut through the Adherence Clutter

In the 10+ years since the WHO’s “Evidence for Action” report, little real-world progress in adherence has been achieved. We’re drowning in information, but struggle to convert it into practical solutions. Here are some thoughts on how to cut through all the adherence clutter. More of the Same? No one doubts that adherence is a complex issue to solve. After all, over 50 reasons for non-adherence have been described and… Read More »

Changing Patient Beliefs is Key to Better Adherence

To promote better adherence, should greater emphasis be placed on changing patients’ beliefs? This post explores why changing beliefs may be a key component in interventions to improve medication adherence. Health Psychology as a Route to Better Adherence A news release on adherence and patient beliefs recently caught my eye. It came from Atlantis Healthcare, a company that uses health psychology to encourage better adherence. The rationale for this approach… Read More »

Improving Adherence – Aligning Interventions to Reasons, pt 2

Part 2 of this post examines proven interventions for improving adherence. Then it looks at how these interventions match up to with the ‘top ten’ reasons for non-adherence (see Part 1). Matching interventions to reasons is important, because approaches are then aligned with individual patient needs. Every story needs a beginning, middle, and end. Part 1 of this post represented the beginning; proposing a top ten reasons why patients don’t adhere to… Read More »

Improving Adherence – Aligning Interventions to Reasons, pt1

Improving adherence depends on identifying specific patient reasons for non-adherence, then choosing the right intervention(s) to address them. This is part one of a two-part post that explores how this can be achieved in everyday practice. Some posts are easy to write. You get an idea – often sparked by a new piece of information – and away you go! This two-part post is different. It has taken research time and… Read More »

Pharmacists Working Hard to Improve Adherence

              Poor medication adherence is a nationwide problem. So which healthcare professionals are working hardest to overcome this issue? The latest NCPA Digest report strengthens pharmacists’ claim to this tag. Strong Pharmacist Support for Adherence Pharmacy chains like Walgreens and CVS have shown strong commitment to improving adherence. Their respective WellTransitions and Pharmacy Advisor programs (see here and here) are examples of this. Now the… Read More »

Interesting New Study on Classifying Non-adherence

New ways of describing adherence behavior types may allow better prediction and management of non-adherence. Commitments to Reduce Non-adherence CVS Caremark is probably best known as one of the largest U.S. pharmacy groups. What may be less well-known are its strong commitments to improve medication adherence. Commitments that include research partnerships with leading academic and hospital centers, like Harvard, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and University of Pennsylvania. A list of… Read More »

Solutions to Medication Adherence Are Within Reach

Adherence360 strives to improve medication adherence by promoting broad-based, multidisciplinary thinking and discussion; based on 360-degree viewpoints. Medication Adherence Is a Vital Healthcare Issue. The bottom line for patients who do not take their medications as prescribed is clear. It results in poorer health, more visits to emergency departments, and more admissions to hospital. Use of these extra healthcare services also adds to costs. A recent estimate  puts those added costs at around… Read More »