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Overcoming Barriers to Medication Adherence for Chronic Diseases

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Woman holding two bottles of pills

Medications save lives for countless Americans. People with chronic illnesses such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and HIV can enjoy a good quality of life when they routinely take their medicine. Poor medication adherence is linked with poor clinical outcomes. While these facts may seem obvious, a staggering one half of patients in the US stop taking their medications within one year of being prescribed.

The reasons for “medication non-adherence” are varied. Affordability, a lack of understanding of the importance of the medications, and unpleasant side effects are some examples patients cite for not taking their medication as directed. Beyond increased mortality, the result costs the United States billions of dollars per year. Hospital admission rates increase for non-adherent patients with chronic illness by up to 69 percent.

Join our speakers as they discuss research, interventions, education, and emerging tools and technologies that may help overcome these barriers to medication non-adherence.

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Beyond the Data — Overcoming Barriers to Medication Adherence for Chronic Diseases

Dr. Phoebe Thorpe and Dr. Larry Garber discuss why fifty percent of people with chronic illnesses stop taking their medications within one year of being prescribed. It’s hard to take your prescriptions when you can’t afford the price, have difficulty opening the pill bottle, or you hate the side effects. Some patients don’t believe their medications are helping them. Tune in to hear these reasons and others. Learn how research and technology, along with other successful options, assist patients in sticking to their medication regimen.

Presented By:

Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN
Associate Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing, University of Missouri
Associate Director, Meta-Analysis Research Center
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar (2013-2016)
“Understanding Barriers to Medication Adherence”

P. Michael Ho, MD, PhD
Staff Cardiologist, VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
“Multi-faceted Interventions Can Improve Adherence”

Larry Garber, MD
Medical Director, Informatics
Associate Medical Director for Research, Reliant Medical Group
“Promoting Medication Adherence through High-Tech and High-Touch”

CAPT Paul J. Weidle, PharmD, MPH
Team Lead, Health Services Research for Prevention with HIV Positive Persons
Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
“Broadening Public Health Approaches to Medication Adherence for HIV”

Facilitated By:

John Iskander, MD, MPH, Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH, Deputy Scientific Director, Public Health Grand Rounds
Susan Laird, MSN, RN, Communications Director, Public Health Grand Rounds

Continuing Education

This session is available for Continuing Education. Click here for more information.

  • Page last reviewed: February 1, 2017
  • Page last updated: February 13, 2017
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