Medication Adherence Programs For Hypertension

medication adherence programsMedication adherence programs are essential to successfully controlling hypertension in many patients. Unfortunately, only around half of the Americans who are treated for hypertension with medication actually follow the advice of their physicians for their medication therapy.

Medication adherence is important. In fact, high adherence rates are associated with better blood pressure control. However, non-adherence can increase the chances of a patient’s fatality by up to 80%.

Caregivers can empower patients by encouraging them to take their medications as they have been prescribed. This is why it is critical that caregivers and patients have an open two way communication process. Communication also improves the chances that patients will follow the medication adherence programs that have been developed for their medication regimen. However, caregivers should be aware of any barriers that are preventing patients from taking their medications as directed and address these issues.

What Are The Predictors That Display Non-Adherence?

There are several predictors that may indicate the patient may not be able to adhere to medication adherence programs. Some of these predictors are:

  • Language barrier
  • Low literacy
  • Mental health issues such as depression, dementia or addiction
  • Has a belief that medications are dangerous
  • Is concerned about side effects of medication
  • Has an issue about the cost of the medication
  • Has expressed feeling tired of taking medication

How to Improve Medication Adherence

Use an easy and simplified method to increase the chance of medication adherence with your patient. One of the first things that you will need to do is to encourage your patient to use tools to help them with adherence. For example, a daily pill box or even a mobile app can remind patients to take their medicine.

Physicians and caregivers can also help to make taking medication easier. The doses can be taken at the same time as meals or other activities such as brushing teeth.

The instructions for all medications should be clearly written down on a piece of paper, and reinforced verbally. Providing positive reinforcement and offering incentives can also help patients adhere to medication regimens.

Working one on one with your patient will allow them to express any questions or concerns they may have about their medication adherence programs. Provide trust and remove bias to make medication adherence successful.

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