A multi-part series on challenges and solutions to better medication adherence
We all face challenges in life — paying our bills, building our careers, building and caring for a family. Sometimes these challenges rise to the level of burdens or impediments to what we hope to achieve. That can include the ability to follow a consistent medication regimen that will help us reach and maintain our best-possible health and quality of life.
In this multi-part blog series, the RxLive team is focusing on the factors that can stand in the way of a patient achieving good — and consistent — medication adherence. After extensive literature review on medication adherence and leveraging our own professional experience, RxLive has categorized major contributing factors into six “buckets:”
Clinical pharmacists are uniquely skilled and positioned within the healthcare service team to identify medication noncompliance issues and underlying causes, helping empower patients to adhere to their regimen more effectively. Based on our own experiences and the latest peer-reviewed evidence, in our consults RxLive also leverages an online platform with suggested interventions within each of the major buckets above.
This blog post is the second of a two-part “mini-series” that examines the access and burden bucket…this post focusing on burdens that can — and often do — negatively affect a patient’s ability to stay on track in following their medication regime.
Burden’s influence on nonadherence
The perceived burden of a medication regimen varies between patients and their caregivers, and can lead to treatment fatigue including medication nonadherence.
Kristen Engelen, PharmD, is the chief pharmacy officer of RxLive and a certified consultant pharmacist; she has over a decade of experience in retail pharmacy settings. Kristen became an RxLive co-founder because of her passion for geriatric pharmacy, with a focus on the intersection of pharmacy and aging.