3 Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

Once you understand the basic underlying reasons for medication adherence, which include expense and safety, practices such as motivational interviewing can help the pharmacist steer them towards adherence, explains Dr. Janice Pringle, director of the Program Evaluation Research Unit (PERU) and an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy.

There are many studies that have looked at the relationship between motivational interviewing and motivational interviewing principles, or what we call ‘motivational interviewing light,’ in relation to medication adherence. They have suggested it is a very positive and effective way to be able to communicate with patients for the purposes of improving adherence. We have done studies looking at the roles of therapeutic alliance that have demonstrated it can very significantly improve medication adherence as well.

In general, we see medication as being too costly, doing more harm than good and not always being necessary.

In addition, the patient’s bio-psychosocial environment affects their medication adherence behavior. We cannot only affect medication adherence directly by screening some of their attitudes about it, but also by looking at some issues in their bio-psychosocial environments, such as what is going on with them, their family, their health and their relationships, to see if they are at risk for medication adherence issues.

Finally, we find that pharmacists can engage in screening and brief interventions (BI) for medication adherence and other health-related issues just like every other healthcare staff or discipline has done successfully. They are no different. Screening and BI are being done fairly frequently with pharmacists in the United Kingdom and in other parts of Europe.

Source: Pharmacists and Medication Adherence: Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Telepharmacy

Pharmacists and Medication Adherence: Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Telepharmacy

Pharmacists and Medication Adherence: Brief Interventions, Motivational Interviewing and Telepharmacy describes a number of interventions in which pharmacists help to guide patients and health plan members to higher levels of medication adherence — programs that take place in the pharmacy, in the physician practice, or virtually.

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