Apps Can Aid Medication Adherence

Remembering to take one’s medication is a common challenge among patients with chronic conditions, or those who take several prescriptions daily. Adherence to prescription schedules plays an important role in the efficacy of the medication. Prescribers can now encourage patients to use medication reminders on their smartphones.

AWARxE Prescription Drug Safety News, a publication prepared by NABP, reports on a study done with a specific subset of the population- teens with chronic conditions. According to the study, Utilization of Smart Phones and Medication Adherence in Adolescents with Kidney Disorders, “teens who used their cellphones for (medication) reminders reported 100% adherence.” There are several applications (apps) on the market that are designed specifically for the purpose of reminding people the days/times/conditions that their medications be taken.

Despite the promising statistic of 100% adherence by the teens in the study, not many are aware of the available technology to support their medication regime. One way for prescribers to increase the chances of their patient’s medication adherence is to offer the information about these apps. That extra bit of knowledge can empower patients to achieve more successful medication schedules, without the added stress of remembering detailed prescribing instructions.

This post was sourced, in part, by AWARxE and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Information for this blog post has been obtained with permission by the author of the original article, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. For more information about NABP, please visit http://www.nabp.net

 

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