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Medication Non Adherence

Low Medication Adherence Common in Younger, Depressed Patients

March 22, 2018 - Younger patients and patients managing depression are more likely to have low medication adherence, according to a recent survey from the American Kidney Fund (AKF). The survey of over 1,200 dialysis patients found that patients ages 18 to 39 tend to struggle adhering to both kidney disease medications as well as lifestyle changes necessary for managing their illnesses. Half of this...


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Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers

by Sara Heath

Medication Synchronization Reveals Medication Adherence Barriers For patients taking numerous medications, keeping track of those treatments can be tricky, often keeping those patients from achieving full medication adherence. As more...

High Out-of-Pocket Costs Keeping Cancer Patients from Treatment

by Sara Heath

High out-of-pocket costs and patient financial responsibility are keeping cancer patients from filling potentially life-saving prescriptions, according to a group of researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of...

Building Patient Trust to Uncover Medication Adherence Barriers

by Sara Heath

Before leaving the exam room, each of Stuart Goldberg’s patients is asked about their medication adherence – how often do they fill prescriptions? Take their pills? How do patients manage the cost of drugs? For Goldberg, a...

How Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Impact Patient Treatment Access

by Sara Heath

The rising cost of healthcare is a fundamental impediment to patient treatment access. As drug costs continue to climb, patients are seeing limited opportunity to access the medications and therapies necessary to overcome their health...

3 Stakeholders Driving Patient Engagement in the Pharmacy

by Sara Heath

Low rates of medication adherence has brought the importance of supporting patient engagement in the pharmacy to the forefront. As patients continue to struggle to stick to treatment plans, clinicians assume most of the responsibility of...

Why Understanding Low Medication Adherence is a Team Effort

by Sara Heath

It is problematic when any patient doesn’t take a life-saving medication, but it is downright scary when more than two-thirds of HIV positive Medicaid patients have low medication adherence, according to Keith Dunn, PharmD, BCPS,...

5 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence in Chronic Care Patients

by Sara Heath

One of the more difficult aspects of medicine may also be one of the most important: putting care and medication plans in the patient’s hands. Chronic illness patients don’t always follow their care management plans, making it...

Using Tech to Drive Patient Medication Education, Adherence

by Sara Heath

A noncompliant patient is not always the root of medication non-adherence. Instead, lacking patient medication education can keep patients from understanding their medications, causing adherence errors along the way. What is the...

Rising Out-of-Pocket Drug Costs Spur Patient Financial Woes

by Sara Heath

Out-of-pocket drug costs are growing, with 25 percent of patients paying more for their prescriptions now than they did one year ago, showed a survey from the Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs. The survey of 1,000 prescription-taking...

Understanding Mental Barriers to Patient Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Clinicians looking to improve medication adherence amongst their chronic illness populations should look beyond the external barriers patients face. Clinicians must also be aware of the emotional and behavioral barriers patients face,...

Low Medication Adherence Negates Medicare Cost-Sharing Savings

by Sara Heath

Although cost-sharing saves Medicare money on pharmaceutical expenses, these savings are likely negated by low medication adherence and eventual health complications, found a new study published in the American Journal of Managed...

Patient Support Groups Drive Medication Adherence, Empowerment

by Sara Heath

Patient support groups are a helpful strategy for improving patient health literacy and empowerment, ultimately leading to better health decisions and improved medication adherence, according to research published in the American Journal...

Lower Drug Costs, Subsidy Access Improve Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

  Improving access to Medicare Part D subsidies and lowering out-of-pocket patient drug costs can help raise medication adherence rates in patients of low socioeconomic status, according to a new study published in the Journal of...

Collaboration, Health IT Boost Pediatric Medication Adherence

by Sara Heath

Kidney transplant patients often struggle with low levels of medication adherence, a problem that can put some patients at risk of rejecting their new organ. At Cincinnati Children’s, that problem is exacerbated in pediatric and...

Pharmacists Can Build Relationships for Chronic Disease Management

by Sara Heath

Creating personal patient relationships and fostering communication can help to improve medication adherence and make chronic disease management programs more successful, says clinical pharmacist and diabetes coach Chuck Riepenhoff, RPh,...

3 Patient-Centered Steps to Reduce Medication Non-Adherence

by Sara Heath

Medication non-adherence is a significant population health issue, with a price tag totaling millions of dollars per year in avoidable costs. When confronting the issue, healthcare professionals don’t just face the challenges of...

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