Targeting the high percentage of Americans that fail to take their prescribed medicines as directed, Merck has added medication adherence resources to its consumer health and wellness Web site.
The new resources are designed to help consumers stay on course with their treatment and have better conversations with their healthcare professionals about the medicines they have been prescribed.
The resources available on the company's Web site, www.MerckEngage.com/RxForHealth, include the Adherence Estimator®, a one-minute, evidence-based survey designed by Merck scientists to categorize patients into three groups those who are at low, medium, or high risk for not adhering to a newly prescribed medicine. After consumers answer three simple questions regarding their beliefs about a medicine, the tool provides easy to understand, personalized information which may address patient's concerns about taking that medication. Merck officials believe that patients' health beliefs are the best predictors of their medication adherence behavior. Studies point to three specific health beliefs: understanding why the medicine is needed and being committed to its use, concern about taking the medicine, and perceived cost issues.
Once identified, the potential barriers of commitment, concern and cost may be addressed through effective dialogue between a consumer and his/her doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional.
In addition to the Adherence Estimator, the new site includes a medication worksheet, tips for taking medicine, articles, and links to trusted sites where consumers can find more information about the importance of taking medicines as directed by a healthcare professional. Other areas of MerckEngage.com offer consumers a broad range of free, simple, personalized health information and resources to help improve healthy living.
Source: Merck, October 4, 2011
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