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Experts offer policy recommendations for improving medication adherence
Date:10/27/2009

g key opportunities to reduce barriers that keep patients from adhering to their medications."

The five recommendations were constructed, refined and finalized following a July conference with more than 40 medication adherence experts, including providers, patients, health plans, employers, and researchers. The dialogue was informed by research by the RAND Corporation, which conducted a review of the literature on medication adherence to provide an evidence-base for the discussions, and by Avalere Health, which described lessons learned from here-and-now programs to improve medication adherence.

Walid Gellad, M.D., the lead RAND researcher on this review noted that, "Poor medication adherence is an enormous public health problem. Finding solutions to this problem should be part of health reform discussions now and in the future."

Each of the recommendations is supported by specific action items to help guide its implementation. To see the full recommendations, please click here:

Quality Improvement National quality improvement strategies should explicitly recognize medication adherence and appropriate medication use as critical components to improve health care quality and clinical outcomes.

Care Coordination Proposals aimed at improving care coordination must recognize the important role that medications play in treating and managing illnesses.

Health Information Technology Health information technology must improve the flow of timely and complete information between patients and providers, and enable providers and payers to identify and address gaps in patients' medication use.

Patient/Provider Education and Engagement Strategies to improve medication adherence must fully engage patients, and patient-centered care must involve strategies to help them better understand their conditions and treatm
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