The challenge of medicines non-adherence. How is adherence defined?. WHO definition: ‘the extent to which a person’s behaviour – taking medication, following a diet and/or executing lifestyle changes – corresponds with agreed recommendations from a healthcare provider’.
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‘the extent to which a person’s behaviour – taking medication, following a diet and/or executing lifestyle changes – corresponds with agreed recommendations from a healthcare provider’
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1) They don’t want to
2) They have practical problems
As a consequence medicines-taking behaviour is likely to change over time
But these interventions don’t address many patient issues
NICE guidanceMedicines Adherence – Involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence (Clinical Guideline 76)
Increase patient involvement by:
Provide a written report for patients and subsequent care providers containing:
Targeting Adherence – Improving patient outcomes in Europe through community pharmacists’ intervention. PGEU 2008
Medicines Adherence. NICE clinical guideline 76
Thinking outside the pillbox. New England Healthcare Institute
Patients’ problems with new medication for chronic conditions
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Patient-centred advice is effective in improving adherence to medicines
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Understanding different beliefs held by adherers, unintentional nonadherers, and intentional nonadherers: Application of the Necessity-Concerns Framework
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