Tag Archives: Physicians

Doctors, MDs, family practitioners, specialists, primary care physicians, etc. Patients with chronic medical conditions visit their physicians on a regular basis. Physicians are therefore well placed to regularly check that patients are adhering to their medications.

7 Reasons HCPs Should Work Harder at Optimizing Adherence

Optimizing adherence has positive impacts on many aspects of healthcare, including outcomes, quality, and costs. When taken all together, these impacts provide clear incentives for HCPs to work harder to achieve better adherence. Optimizing Adherence and Outcomes of Care Many of you I’m sure are familiar with the ‘Physician Charter’, published in Annals of Internal Medicine in 2002 (see here). This multinational consensus drew on both European and U.S. expertise… Read More »

Improving Adherence – What Will It Take to Really Move the Dial?

Many recommendations for improving adherence focus on ‘policy’. But are these aimed at the healthcare providers (HCPs) who can make a day-to-day difference? Here are some thoughts on practical approaches that could make big advances in adherence. Need for Practical Approaches to Improving Adherence Numerous healthcare-related bodies have issued numerous reports on ‘policy recommendations’ for improving adherence. They are great documents and they contain many good ideas. However, I can’t help… Read More »

Improving Adherence: Factors Affecting Progress

To speed up improvements in adherence, we need to focus on factors that most impact progress. But which are those factors? This post considers five potential blocks to improvement and assesses their relative effects.  Barriers to Improving Adherence A previous post (see here) suggested five factors that may be slowing advances in medication adherence. These are: Maybe some key adherence information pieces are still missing? Perhaps there’s poor understanding among… 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 »

Who Will Lead Initiatives to Improve Adherence?

To improve adherence will require healthcare organizations to change the way they work. Such a change may be slow to occur, or may be stalled, when individuals don’t adopt the behavioral shifts needed to make the new approach successful. How important is the role of leadership in making such healthcare changes happen? A recent study suggests the answer is “very important”! Importance of Change Leadership The study explored how three… Read More »