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Medicines adherence : involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence

National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care (Great Britain)
Royal College of General Practitioners
Medicines adherence : involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence [electronic resource] / National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care.
NICE clinical guidelines
Country of Publication:
[London] : Royal College of General Practitioners, c2009.
1 online resource (1 PDF file (xiii, 355 p.) : ill.)
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The prescription of medicines is a core element of the delivery of modern health care. Medicines are widely used not only to relieve symptoms and cure conditions but to prevent ill health in the future. Medical advances, combined with an ageing population, have resulted in many patients taking multiple medicines in complex regimes. There is an increasing number and diversity of healthcare professionals involving in prescribing, dispensing or reviewing medicines. Prescribing was once the preserve of the medical profession but prescribing rights are now available to other health professionals either as independent or supplementary prescribers. Medicine-taking is a complex human behaviour and patients evaluate medicines, and the risks and benefits of medicines using the resources available to them. Unwanted and unused medicines reflect inadequate communication between professionals and patients - about health problems and how they might be treated, and about patients' ongoing assessment and experience of treatments. This guideline will be of help to all healthcare professionals by providing guidance on how to involve patients in the decision to prescribe medicines and on how to support patients in their subsequent use of medicines. The recommendations include advice to healthcare professionals to ensure there are robust mechanisms to ensure communication between the many professionals who may be involved in each patient's care.
Great Britain
Medication Adherence*
Patient Care
Patient Participation
Publication Type(s):
Practice Guideline
"Full guideline."
"January 2009."
Includes bibliographical references.
Title from PDF t.p. (viewed Feb. 2012).
101570786 [Electronic Resource]

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