Schools Training

Pharmacists Play Crucial Role in Ensuring Medication Adherence

17 FEB 2014
Career Path : Health Unit Coordinator

This week, the Thompson Career College blog investigates a new intervention model that addresses patient non-adherence to prescription schedules. The blog post, Pharmacists Play Crucial Role in Ensuring Medication Adherence, reveals that technicians in particular have an important part to play in helping patients stay on track with their medicines. Whether its intentional avoidance, or merely forgetfulness, there can be numerous factors that prompt non-adherence. The blog post explains that

Each patient is different, and so are the reasons for straying from a prescribed course of medication. Because of the range of contributing factors to medication non-adherence, the most effective interventions are customized to the unique needs of patients. Successful interventions combine diverse strategies that enhance patient access and convenience to medications, offer education and reminders, provide self-monitoring and feedback, engage in mutual problem solving and a range of other approaches.

Interventional strategies may include determining if the patient has memory or cognitive problems, checking for language barriers, and consulting with family members to ensure understanding and compliance. It is also crucial that patients learn to monitor their own prescription schedules using available tools, such as reminder apps and daily charts.The new model, called appointment-based medication synchronization (ABMS) relies heavily on knowledgeable and sensitive pharmacy experts, trained to ask the right questions and consistently follow through with regularly scheduled meetings.