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Skin Res Technol. 2014 Feb;20(1):62-6. doi: 10.1111/srt.12084. Epub 2013 Jun 10.

Improving medication adherence through technology: analyzing the managing meds video challenge.

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Department of Dermatology, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Poor adherence to medication is an enormous problem. While many measures to improve adherence have been proposed, patients may be a good source of novel approaches. The Managing Meds Video Challenge was designed, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the National Consumers League Script Your Future campaign, for patients to create short videos containing ideas on how to better take medications as directed.

PURPOSE:

Determine what forms of technology patients use to help adhere to their medication regimens.

METHODS:

The 17 available videos from the Managing Meds Video Challenge were analyzed to determine what forms of technology patients use to help adhere to their medication regimens.

RESULTS:

Approaches to improve adherence included calendar and reminder applications, and third-party applications such as MedCoach Medication Reminder, Walgreens Pharmacy, and CVS/Pharmacy. Patients also improved adherence by using the Internet to access websites such as www.rememberitnow.com to manage medications, access electronic health records, and to order medications from online pharmacies.

LIMITATIONS:

This study only analyzes the 17 available videos from the Managing Meds Video Challenge.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients are using a variety of technology to manage their medications. They appear to rely primarily on reminder systems.

KEYWORDS:

apps; compliance; internet; mobile technology; text message; treatment

PMID:
23750992
DOI:
10.1111/srt.12084
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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