Interventions to Enhance Patient Adherence to Medication Prescriptions
Successful interventions to improve patient adherence to therapy demonstrate modest efficacy, are multi-layered, and involve both educational and behavioral strategies.[46,47,48,49,50,51] Several factors have been shown to increase patient adherence to therapy: 1) patient self-monitoring via home BPs ; 2) oral and written reminders to both patients and health care providers and assurances that medications are safe and adverse effects are relatively uncommon; and 3) family support. Patients knowledgeable of their goal BP are probably more likely to achieve it. Studies have looked at different levels of intervention to improve adherence -- going from modest, less extensive behavior change to more intensive and extensive behavioral intervention. In general, even a modest behavior change intervention with a health educator, occasional phone calls, and some increase in physical activity can help to increase adherence to therapy. That is good news. Modest interventions seem to work.
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