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Jacques draft 6.7.docx
  • Deborah Jacques, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Background:  Problems associated with medication nonadherence have been identified as a complex problem that has a potentially devastating negative impact on a patient’s outcome as well as a financial burden on the healthcare system. Complexity of the medication regimen, including polypharmacy in the elder population, can have a tremendous impact on the ability of the patient to be adherent to the plan of care. Implementing patient specific interventions to address adherence levels and improve follow-up and support have shown to improve adherence and improved patient outcomes. Purpose/Methods: The purpose of the project was to identify if an increase in medication adherence followed an educational intervention reviewing the importance of medication taking behaviors and the potential impact of nonadherence. The Morisky Adherence Scales MMAS-4 was used to assist in the determination of baseline levels of adherence and whether there was further enhancement or improvement in the level of adherence in the primary care setting following the educational/supportive intervention. Results: This intervention resulted in improved levels of adherence, which is consistent with current findings in the literature. Implications: The project found that providing further education on prescribed medication regimens for older adults in the primary care setting resulted in an improvement in adherence levels, improved persistence in medication taking behaviors, and a decrease in poor outcomes resulting from nonadherence.
  • medication taking,
  • adherence,
  • persistence,
  • non-compliance and compliance
Publication Date
Spring April 29, 2017
Citation Information
Deborah Jacques. "Jacques draft 6.7.docx" (2017)
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