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Rev Med Suisse. 2013 May 15;9(386):1032-6.

[Medication adherence in chronic patients: from its concepts to its management in primary care].

[Article in French]

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  • 1PMS, Institut universitaire de médecine générale, Lausanne.


Medication nonadherence is common and its determinants are diverse. Adherence is influenced by many parameters, such as patient's self-efficacy, knowledge of health risk, outcome expectations, benefits of change, and barriers and facilitators. The sociocognitive theory helps professionals to structure their approach and to support patients in managing their treatment. Professionals need skills and time, and benefit from coordination in care, in particular between physicians and pharmacists. This article presents the key elements of a medication adherence program as well as tools and some useful questions.

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