Once a patient leaves your office with a prescription, whether or not he or she fills it may be out of your control. Medication adherence is a common problem that physicians face, but there are steps that can be taken to increase the chances of successful treatment:
- Make sure your patient understands why he or she is being prescribed the medication. Review the benefits and risks with the patient; the more the patient is aware of what the drug does, the likelier he or she will take it.
- Encourage the use of adherence tools. Mobile apps and pillboxes can help keep treatment top of mind for patients.
- Train the staff to better handle inquiries. Remind patients that they can contact your office with any questions and be sure to respond in a timely manner.
- Keep medical records up to date. During every visit, ask your patient about his or her current regimen, especially if the patient has recently been hospitalized. If other Providers have prescribed medications, you need to know so you can reconcile everything and help avoid any drug interactions. Don’t let details fall through the cracks during transition of care.
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