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Evidence-based and pragmatic steps for pharmacists to improve patient adherence

Authors Eriksson T

Received 19 February 2015

Accepted for publication 6 March 2015

Published 14 May 2015 Volume 2015:4 Pages 13—19

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IPRP.S83030

Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 4

Editor who approved publication: Professor Jonathan Ling


Tommy Eriksson

Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Institution of Laboratory Medicine Lund, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

Abstract: All strategies and tools to improve the potential outcomes of medications therapy are a waste of time if the clients do not take their medication as prescribed. The aim of this paper is to help pharmacists to help their clients to improve outcomes of medicines based on improving their compliance to evidence-based pharmacotherapy. To reach a good compliance (result), you have to have agreement and concordance (method) between the practitioner and the client. Barriers and strategies for this, including identifying compliance problems and reasons for it, methods for improving information and communication, the client's participation, and responsibility for their own health, are presented mainly based on Cochrane reviews. Also some general pragmatic suggestions for how pharmacists can assist their clients the best are given.

Keywords: patient adherence, evidence-based medicine, evidence-based pharmacy, Cochrane reviews

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