Strategies for Improving Adherence
Roberts, Mary Ellen
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Session presented on Saturday, July 26, 2014: Purpose: This is the third of a three part series on Medication Adherence in which the authors describe the continuum of adherence to non-adherence of medication usage. Methods: Research articles through Medline and PubMed. Results: Understanding the magnitude and scope of the problem of medication non-adherence is the first step in reaching better adherence rates. The second step is to evaluate the risk factors for each patient for medication adherence/non-adherence. Steps are then taken to prevent non-adherence. Conclusion: The implications for nurse practitioners include using time with patients to assist them in adherence, building a trusting relationship with patients, and developing protocols for assessing and preventing non-adherence.