Strategies to Enhance Patient Adherence: Making it Simple

Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH; Naresh Bellam, MD, MPH; Susan R. Levy, PhD



Patient adherence is a complex issue leading to huge burden on our healthcare system. Although strategies to enhance patient adherence exist in the literature, they are often too complex and not practicable for busy practicing physicians. We have provided a simplistic overview of methodologically proven adherence-enhancing strategies so that the research can be translated and applied to patient care settings. Involving multiple stakeholders and other healthcare providers, in addition to physicians, may help reduce the time and cost involved with implementing these strategies.