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Nat Rev Cardiol. 2012 Mar 13;9(5):263-5. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2012.35.

Therapy. Affect and affirmations--a 'basic' approach to promote adherence.

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  • 1Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Group, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 7205 Windsor Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, USA.


Efforts to improve health-care quality and efficiency will fail if patients with chronic disease do not adhere to medications and healthy lifestyles. A novel, psychological approach is to change behavior using ‘affect’ and ‘affirmations’. We explore this strategy’s potential, when added to the existing arsenal of interventions, to improve adherence.

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