The Nonadherent

Q: My colleagues and I agree that more patient education can improve adherence, but it’s really a challenge to work the extra time it takes into our short visits. Our adherence rates need work, and we are looking for some ideas on how we might address this challenge.

A: Affordability, fear of side effects, inadequate education; there are many reasons my patients don’t adhere to medications. This is a growing challenge for clinicians considering the estimated $100 to $300 billion spent or the 125,000 deaths per year attributed to nonadherence.

The good news is that there are simple steps we can take to get more patients to take their medications. I’ve gathered a few tips from colleagues on connecting, educating and empowering patients to comply with their treatment.

Let’s discuss this a bit more in the following tip.