Improving adherence in chronically ill

Answer

Simplifying dosing schedules, providing clearer instructions during extended consultation periods and following up patients can help them increase their adherence to medicine regimens. 1 This is of particular importance for chronically ill patients where the effects of non-adherence will be cumulative over time. 1,2

The World Health Organization has recognised the importance of adherence in chronic illness, and states: “Increasing the effectiveness of adherence interventions may have a far greater impact on the health of the population