10 ways to help patients comply

Here are 10 ways to minimise intentional and unintentional non-adherence to treatment, compiled by Professor Tim Usherwood, who is a member of the editorial executive committee of Australian Prescriber:

  1. Cost is a known barrier so whenever possible, prescribe generic or lower cost medicines. Pharmacists may also assist patients by recommending lower cost brands.
  2. Try to simplify a complex regimen by working with the pharmacist, who may be able to tailor appropriate preparations, formulations and packaging for the