How to identify and improve medication non-adherence in the cardiac patient

Auyeung, Vivian; McRobbie, Duncan
July 2011
British Journal of Cardiac Nursing;Jul2011, Vol. 6 Issue 7, p319
Academic Journal
This article will introduce the perceptions and practicalities framework as a way to understand medication non-adherence in the cardiac patient. Practical recommendations on how to identify non-adherence are presented; interventions to improve non-adherence are drawn from the literature of pharmacy practice and health psychology. Interventions need to be matched according to whether the patient is intentionally or unintentionally not taking his/her medicines as prescribed. Patient-centred approaches, such as motivational interviewing, are encouraged as a way to communicate effectively with patients. Distinctions between methods used in research studies and those available in clinical practice are highlighted where appropriate.


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