Medication Adherence: Make a Difference!

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Why should you care about medication adherence?

In its 2003 report on medication adherence, the World Health Organization (WHO) quoted the statement by Haynes et al that “increasing the effectiveness of adherence interventions may have a far greater impact on the health of the population than any improvement in specific medical treatments.” Among patients with chronic illness, approximately 50% do not take medications as prescribed. This poor adherence to medication leads to increased morbidity and death and is estimated to incur costs of approximately $100 billion per year

~Excerpt from “Medication Adherence: WHO cares?” published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings (PMCID: PMC3068890)

What can you do to help?

Our own MS2 Class President, Joy Trybula,worked with the pharmacy school at Pitt to create a medication adherence collaboration. Not only is this a wonderful opportunity to meet students from the pharmacy school and learn about their role in the healthcare team, it is also a chance to better understand the many factors that contribute to medication adherence (and attempt to address some of them!).

The project is being implemented at Falk and Presbyterian pharmacies from now to the end of February on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Trained pharmacy students will be present at every session and can work with medical students on how to ask patients about their medication adherence.

How do you sign up?

Follow the below link and add your name to the Google doc.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1QC_HIcfSPOPdjJwCPqi44hzxeGHkWIxw-TA2fdqvvSg/edit#gid=625495606

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