Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Nurses Helping Docs Identify Non-adherent Patients in NZ

A new study is beginning in New Zealand to test the effects of phone calls by practice nurses on the adherence rates of patients taking anti-hypertensives. 200 patients who have a pattern of being late for refill dates will participate. The three month support program involves three calls by nurses to encourage patients, and answer their questions. Doctors say the program is important because it is beyond their ability to identify non-adherent patients, and these patients really need this extra help to improve outcomes.