Medicines Adherence: Supporting Patients with their Treatment

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Course Date: 25 August 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

How can healthcare professionals help patients to improve their health through medicines adherence?


Estimated Workload: 2 hours pw

Course Instructors

Profile John Weinman, Graham Davies, Vivian Auyeung & Natasha Khan

John Weinman: Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicines Graham Davies: Professor of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics Vivian Auyeung: Lecturer in Medicines Use Natasha Khan: Senior Research Fellow

Course Description

About the course It is estimated that 30-50% of patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. So how should we, as healthcare professionals, respond? As medicines are key to the successful management of chronic conditions, underuse or non-adherence represents a lost opportunity for the health improvement for the patient as well as being a waste of valuable resources for healthcare systems. In Europe alone, the cost of poor adherence to treatment is estimated at 195,000 lives and €20 billion annually. This two week course is designed for pharmacists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with a role or interest in supporting patients with long-term conditions. We’ve invited a range of inspirational healthcare professionals. researchers and clinical academics from across King’s College London’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and the Pharmaceutical Clinical Academic Group at King’s Health Partners to contribute to this course. You will be able to immerse yourself in our engaging video material, scenarios and discussions to explore the challenges of medicines non-adherence, factors that may influence patient medicines use and approaches that can be used to effectively engage patients in patient-centred consultations about self-managing medicines. Delivered in bite-sized sections, you will be able to enhance your own understanding of medicines adherence and, importantly, gain increasing awareness of where in your own day-to-day consultations you can apply these techniques and approaches to better support patient self-management of medicines and effect behaviour change. We look forward to walking you through this important and challenging area of healthcare provision. By the end of this two week course, learners will have developed their understanding, and reflected upon their own clinical practice and consultation skills, in order to: 1) Identify patients at risk of medicines non-adherence 2) Employ strategies to support these patients with the use of their medicines. The learning materials have been designed to take approximately 1-2 hours per week to complete. This course will give you the opportunity to purchase a Statement of Participation. You can use the hashtag #FLadherence to join and contribute to social media conversations about this course.

Course Workload

2 hours pw

Course Prerequisites

This course is designed for healthcare professionals, but will also be helpful for those with an academic interest in medicines adherence.

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