Monday, June 30, 2008

Pharmacists & NRx Patients: Short Call Goes a Long Way

In a trial with 480 patients, a simple 12-minute call made by pharmacists had a significant effect on patient adherence. Calls were based on a semi-structured interview involving general introductory questions ('How are you doing with your medication?') followed by a discussion dictated by patient needs. Result: 50% fewer people were non-adherent in the intervention group. Reported complications were also lower, and belief in necessity of medication was higher, in the intervention group. At 4-week follow-up patients stated the pharmacist call had been quite useful.
Link to abstract