Translating Research Into Practice: Medication Adherence for Chronic Diseases

Originally presented on February 18, 2016

Kristin A. Riekert, PhD
Associate Professor & Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center and Director of Cystic Fibrosis Adherence Program, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

One of the main goals of the New York State Prevention Agenda is to increase access to high quality chronic disease preventive care and management in both clinical and community settings. A key focus for achieving this goal is to support patients to adhere to medication regiments to effectively manage their condition. Moreover, there are serious impacts of non-adherence in terms of costs and health outcomes. Through evidence-based services, medication adherence can be improved to assist those with chronic conditions maintain or improve their health. Relevant Prevention Agenda recommendations include adopting medical home or team-based care models, incentivizing quality improvement, reducing or eliminating out-of-pocket costs for clinical and community preventive services, and coordinating with clinicians to establish and implement patient reminder systems for preventive and follow-up care.

This webinar will focus specifically on evidence-based counseling approaches to support medication adherence, using Asthma as an example, to help prepare public health providers, hospitals and allied health professionals improve medication adherence among the populations they serve.

Learning Objectives
After viewing this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Identify patient-level factors that negatively affect medication adherence;
  • Describe at least two strategies to support improved medication adherence for those impacted by asthma; and
  • Recognize examples of how medication adherence promotion interventions for chronic diseases can be implemented in community settings.

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