Thursday, March 13, 2008

Increasing Adherence of Diabetes Patients

A recent report by doctors Lin, E., MD, MPH and Ciechanowski, P., MD, MPH on diabetes describes methods to increase patient adherence. The report names several known barriers to adherence such as lack of knowledge about the drug, poor communication and lack of follow-up with patients. Their suggestion to the healthcare industry is first to form collaborative relationships with patients. This involves explaining the key aspects of proper medication usage, suggesting reminder techniques and involving the patient in the treatment by discussing day-to-day problems and how to solve them. The report emphasizes the need for regular follow-up to clarify issues and questions that naturally arise during treatment.