Top 10 Tactics to Improve Medication Adherence

SUMMARY: Medication adherence programs can improve patient care and lower healthcare costs by more effectively managing chronic medication utilization. We wanted to see the key components of medication adherence programs.

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The January 2010 Medication Adherence e-survey by the Healthcare Intelligence Network captured the industry's efforts to improve medication adherence. The top 10 components included in medication adherence programs as reported by 107 organizations are:

  • Education (94.3 percent)
  • Coaching (62.3 percent)
  • Aids (e.g. pill boxes) (60.4 percent)
  • Medication review (49.1 percent)
  • Reducing costs of prescriptions (41.5 percent)
  • Offering cheaper alternatives (35.8 percent)
  • Patient self-monitoring (32.1 percent)
  • Simplifying regimen (32.1 percent)
  • Pharmacist counseling (24.5 percent)
  • Refill adherence incentives (22.6 percent)

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Source: 2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence and Management, April, 2010

2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence and Management

2010 Benchmarks in Medication Adherence and Management provides actionable information from 107 healthcare organizations on their efforts to improve medication adherence and compliance in their populations and the impact that medication therapy management programs are having on adherence levels, medication costs, ER visits, hospital and nursing home admissions, risk of death and other areas of concern.

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