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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
- Todd Ruppar, PhD, RN
- Associate Professor, Sinclair School of Nursing
Associate Director, Meta-Analysis Research Center
University of Missouri
"Understanding Barriers to Medication Adherence"
- P. Michael Ho, MD, PhD
- Staff Cardiologist, Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
"Multifaceted Interventions Improve Adherence"
- Larry Garber, MD
- Medical Director for 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/Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC
"Broadening Public Health Approaches to Medication Adherence for HIV"
- John Iskander, MD, MPH
- Scientific Director
- Phoebe Thorpe, MD, MPH
- Deputy Scientific Director
- Susan Laird, MSN, RN
- Communications Director
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