What are successful multilevel combinations of strategies (involving patients, providers and the health care system) and/or stepped-care approaches (tailoring adherence interventions to patient needs) that can be used to improve adherence to behavioral and medical regimens for heart, lung, blood, sleep diseases and disorders?
What is the impact of an organized, comprehensive, COPD patient education program, on medication delivery effectiveness, care plan adherence, appropriate use of LTOT and Pulmonary Rehabilitation? Metrics could include incidence and severity of exacerbations, and health care resource consumption.
“It is uncertain how medicine adherence can consistently be improved so that the full health benefits of medicines can be realized. We need more advanced methods for researching ways to improve medicine adherence, including better interventions, better ways of measuring adherence, and studies that include sufficient patients to draw conclusions on clinically important effects.”... more »
A large gap in healthcare is nonadherence to proven effective treatments. One important area for reducing morbidity, mortality and cost for patients with chronic diseases that require frequent home, non-healthcare assisted, administration of treatment is the promotion of adherence to treatment recommendations.