What is this global talk of medication adherence about? Within the healthcare industry, it’s an ever revealing and trending discussion. For the everyday family that is collectively caregiving for an elderly member in the household, it’s a question that strikes a measure of curiosity even if yet unfamiliar.
To understand the term in more depth, let’s explain first what it is not.
Medication adherence isn’t simply forgetting to take medication prescribed by your doctor or pharmacist (…now that we got that out of the way…).
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) defines medication adherence as both ‘taking medication correctly’ along with the ‘extent a patient takes medication’1. So if you are given a prescription with instructions how to consume them (and when), follow the schedule, amount and frequency exactly as conveyed, you’d be 100% medication adherent (and hopefully improving symptoms and feeling better at the same time).
In today’s busy world, and for our aging population who suffer varying levels of common forgetfulness to symptomatic Dementia (or Alzheimer’s), maintaining a simple task of keeping track is becoming more and more challenging. If you’re a provider of family care reading this you know what multiple priorities one has to juggle in a day, let alone to set the task of constantly reminding an aged parent of taking their small yet critical pill before bedtime.
Medication non-adherence equates to 10-30% taking an unplanned trip to the hospital2,3. Consider earlier, if someone took the wrong pill on the wrong day or too much of a medication (than was prescribed) or didn’t take any medication for a significant length of time, just think of the overall impact to everyone involved. Hospital visits, increased personal and healthcare costs, added stress…not to mention the time spent dealing with an unintended situation, no matter how you look at it.
Why does all of this matter?
The reason is all of us want to experience quality care, and we care about our loved ones. Any caregiver would enjoy one less thing to worry about in a day.
Undoubtedly industries are focused on keeping costs down and better equip the public to manage and thus be focused more on being medication adherent.
At CuePath, our solution is medication monitoring for improved care. A solution toward one less thing to worry about as a busy caregiver in a day or an elderly parent remaining independent while enjoying the comforts of their own home and improving everyone’s peace of mind in the family caregiving network.
Aren’t you glad you know just a LITTLE MORE about the topic of medication adherence? We are too.
To learn more about CuePath visit: https://cuepath.io/how-it-works/
1 Are You Taking Medication as Prescribed? from https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/are-you-taking-medication-prescribed
2 Nair, N. P., Chalmers, L., Peterson, G. M., Bereznicki, B., Castelino, R. L., & Bereznicki, L. (2016). Hospitalization in older patients due to adverse drug reactions – the need for a prediction tool. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 497. doi: 10.2147/cia.s99097
3 Thomas, R., Huntley, A. L., Mann, M., Huws, D., Elwyn, G., Paranjothy, S., & Purdy, S. (2013). Pharmacist-led interventions to reduce unplanned admissions for older people: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. Age and Ageing, 43(2), 174–187. doi: 10.1093/ageing/aft169