5 ways prescribers can improve patient medication adherence
Medication adherence is a major medical challenge. Prescribers deal with it daily, but many feel powerless to push for change. It can impact the health of a patient, increase overall healthcare costs, and take up a ton of time, leading to prescriber burnout and affecting the quality of care.
Although the adherence issue isn’t new, the solutions are. Empowering prescription technology gives providers and patients more options, making it easier to stick to a prescription plan.
What is medication adherence?
Unfortunately, nonadherence is common. An estimated half of all patients don’t take their meds as prescribed. This can lead to unnecessary health complications and preventable hospitalizations.
As prescribers know, there’s no one-size-fits-all fix. Every individual is up against personal circumstances that impact their adherence. A patient with dementia might forget to take their meds. A single parent could be struggling to afford their prescriptions. That’s why it’s so important to identify specific barriers for each person and build a plan that works for them.
Prescribers looking for medication adherence tools and new ways to improve the patient experience will find a long list of helpful approaches. We’ve narrowed things down to five.
How to improve medication adherence — 5 things prescribers can do:
In addition to prescription technology, a trusted EMR (electronic medical records) system can help prescribers track patient data and keep track of medications over time to ensure a secure and consistent way to monitor and enhance adherence.
The prescription experience can be a hard pill to swallow for many. The reasons why are as unique as the person sitting in a doctor’s office. Listening, understanding, and using the tools available can go a long way in helping patients live healthier.