Archive for 'Patient Adherence'
At one time I was working in a pharmacy in Gainesville, Florida, and have to mention one favorite experience I had with a patient who wanted his last antibiotic refilled. It had been filled 2 weeks prior, so it was a good bet that he had stopped it too soon. When I asked if he [...]
Effective January 1, 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will increase the reimbursement paid to physicians for the time they spend talking with Medicare patients, evaluating their health, and advising them on preventative care measures. According to a recent statement from [...]
When the doctors followed Medicare patients for a year, they witnessed 129 adverse events caused by patient errors. In half of those cases, the patient error was made after a doctor had changed the medication schedule, medication, or dosage. Also, patients taking 4 or more drugs were twice as likely to make mistakes. Patients on [...]
Dr. Rick Lange, Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Center presents a podcast(mp3) which mentions the blister pack compliance study I covered here on December 9th. In that podcast, Dr. Lange calls it the FAME Study, for “Federal study of Adherence to Medications in the Elderly”. Like I did here, Dr. Lange noted the high [...]
You need to take your meds, and each one of them comes with a set of requirements. But once you have more than a few medications, it can be pretty tough to stick to the proper medication schedule. Luckily here are a few relatively simple tips that have helped many patients handle complex medication schedules, [...]