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10 ways to improve adherence

DALL·E 2024-01-14 15

Improving medication adherence in family members is an important and often challenging task. Here are some strategies that can help:

  • Promote understanding of the importance of medication: Explain to your family member why it is important to take medication as prescribed. Discuss the benefits and potential risks of non-compliance with the instructions. [1]
  • Set up regular reminders: Use technology such as smartphone apps or reminder services that send alarms or notifications. Simple calendars or pill organizers with daily and weekly compartments can also be helpful.
  • Simplify the medication plan: Consult your family member's doctor to simplify the medication plan. This can reduce the number of daily doses or combine medications with similar effects.
  • Support in managing side effects: Some people do not adhere to their medication plan because they fear or experience side effects. Discuss these concerns with the doctor and look for solutions.
  • Use of aids for medication management: There are various aids that can facilitate medication management, such as pre-portioned medication packs or automatic pill dispensers.
  • Regular review of the medication plan: Ensure that the medication plan is regularly reviewed by a doctor. This helps to eliminate unnecessary or outdated medications and ensure the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • Building a support network: Involve other family members or friends in your family member's medication adherence. A joint effort can distribute the burden and increase the likelihood of your family member sticking to their plan.
  • Show understanding and empathy: Demonstrate understanding of the challenges associated with adhering to a medication plan. An empathetic and supportive approach can increase your family member's willingness to cooperate with the plan.

By applying these strategies, you can improve medication adherence in family members and ensure that they receive the best possible treatment and care.

[1] Measures to improve compliance or adherence in drug therapy with a view to treatment success