Tag Archives: Patient education

Often patient misunderstandings about diseases and their consequences, or about medications and their effects/side effects, can be causes of nonadherence. Patient education describes how healthcare providers (HCPs) work with patients to address such areas of possible confusion. Typically this will involve two-discussion and counseling to reduce misunderstandings and establish more a positive benefits-to-concerns ratio. Patient education is typically a important component of interventions to improve medication adherence.

Behavioral Economics: A Promising New Way to Improve Adherence

Behavioral economics describes and predicts how common biases influence our decision-making. An understanding of these biases opens up promising new ways to improve adherence. Read on to find out more. Patient motivation is a key factor for improving adherence. My last post presented reasons for including Motivational Interviewing into any adherence improvement plan; to boost patients’ internal motivation to adhere. Now here’s another way to approach the motivation issue. An… Read More »

Are We Ignoring Important Adherence Information?

What if all barriers to adherence are not created equal? The immensity of available adherence information may obscure core ‘veto’ barriers that negate common types of intervention. Exploring this idea opens up major new adherence insight opportunities. Hidden Gems of Adherence Information It’s a common enough phrase, but how about if it applies to medication adherence? After years of research, have we gotten to the point where we can’t see… Read More »

Adherence Approaches: What If We Have the Wrong Focus?

Some adherence approaches aim to motivate patients by imposing opinions. Other approaches draw out motivations from within the patient. So which should be the more important focus? Recipe for Improved Adherence Approaches? A JAMA editorial appeared last week with the title of: “Ingredients of Successful Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence”.  The article suggested that well-designed interventions should be based on four essential approaches – patient knowledge, counseling and accountability, self-monitoring,… Read More »

Adherence Initiatives – What Have Payers Done for Us Lately?

Health insurers can undoubtedly influence improvements in medication adherence. So what kinds of adherence initiatives are payers actually sponsoring? Read on for answers based on a sample of five leading payer organizations. The short answer is “a lot”! The five payers reviewed were Aetna, Humana, Kaiser Permanente, United Health, and WellPoint. Sources of information were either corporate websites or web search findings. The results were very interesting! Different approaches across… 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 »