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J Gen Intern Med. 2018 Feb;33(2):216-222. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4198-4.

Advancing the Science and Practice of Medication Adherence.

Author information

1
Division of AIDS Research, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, USA. stirrattm@mail.nih.gov.
2
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.
3
Department of Health Outcomes Research and Policy, Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn, AL, USA.
4
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Texas A&M University Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, College Station, TX, USA.
5
Department of Acute, Chronic & Continuing Care, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing, Birmingham, AL, USA.

Abstract

Medication adherence remains a significant unmet challenge for optimizing patient outcomes. Recent advances in the conceptualization, measurement, and support of medication adherence offer fresh opportunities to make a meaningful impact on adherence-related behavior and outcomes. These advances emphasize the multifaceted and dynamic nature of medication adherence, provide novel methods for monitoring medication adherence in clinical care, and articulate a set of multilevel strategies to more effectively improve and sustain medication adherence. Here, we offer recommendations for how clinicians can better engage with, and benefit from, these innovations to improve patient medication adherence and associated treatment outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

adherence; adherence interventions; adherence measures; medication adherence; persistence

PMID:
29204969
PMCID:
PMC5789101
[Available on 2019-02-01]
DOI:
10.1007/s11606-017-4198-4

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