Patient Education, Communication Key for Medication Adherence

Patients say there is not enough time for patient education and communication about their prescriptions, hindering medication adherence.

Strong patient-provider communication, patient education, and lower costs can help patients more confidently manage and take their medications, according to a recent survey from DrFirst.

The survey of 200 patients without chronic conditions revealed that more than half of patients are not confident in managing their own drug regimens because they did not receive adequate patient education on the matter.

Providers who explain to patients how to take their medications – taking pills on a full or empty stomach, or at certain time intervals, for example – can increase medication adherence and drug safety in their patients.

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