The Science and Art of Patient Adherence

The majority of healing happens outside the clinic. Help your patients improve or maintain their health by understanding the research behind patient adherence. This paper explores research around patient adherence to medication and home treatment programs and suggests how technology can help improve adherence.

Lack of patient adherence to home treatment programs costs the United States upwards of hundreds of billions of dollars annually . The most quantifiable costs come from medication adherence; however, adherence applies to all facets of patient treatment. Adherence is basically how patients live their lives the 99.9% of the time when they are not in your office. Are they following instructions? Are they looking after themselves according to your recommendations?