Tag Archives: Patient engagement

This describes the patient-physician process for agreeding actions that must be taken to get greatest benefit from a treatment. In the case of medication adherence, this will center on information and motivational support that reinforces patient commitment to take a medication exactly as recommended.

HCP Solutions to Poor Adherence: Should Logic or Emotion Be the Focus?

When HCPs address issues of poor adherence with their patients, where should their focus lie? Should it be more on logic or on emotion? Here are a few thoughts about why emotion should be front-of-mind. Two recent publications got me thinking again about the roles of emotion and logic in adherence-related decisions. This time from the HCP perspective. HCPs Show Poor Adherence to Treatment Guidelines A report from the Dartmouth… 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 »

Nurses and NPs Can Do More to Improve Adherence

Efforts to improve patient adherence are making slow progress. Could nurses and NPs be key factors in accelerating adherence improvements? This post explores reasons why physician practices should look urgently at this option. Nurses Are Well Qualified to Improve Adherence, But Are Underused With over 3 million members, nurses are the largest group in the healthcare workforce. Nurses are increasingly well qualified (see here: “Focus on Education”), with 50% or more holding a… Read More »

Physicians and Adherence: the Bad, and the Ugly

Physicians are very well placed to drive improvements in medication adherence. But are they fully engaged in the task? This is the second in a two-part post exploring this question. Part one, ‘the Good’, is here. This second part focuses on: ‘the Bad and the Ugly’. The Story So Far Physicians are a critical cog in the adherence machine. With the focus of healthcare moving to ‘value’, doctors have clear… Read More »

Physicians and Adherence: What Does ‘Good’ Look Like?

Physicians are very well placed to drive improvements in medication adherence. But are they fully engaged in the task? This is the first in a two-part post – “Physicians and Adherence: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” – that will explore this question. This part focuses on: What does ‘good’ look like? ‘Volume’-to-‘Value’ and the Role of Adherence With healthcare emphasis shifting to ‘value of care’ and away from… Read More »