Medication Adherence: A Critical Component of Healthcare – A Patient Safety CE Program- Pharmacy Technician

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This issue will bring you up to date on the impact of nonadherence on chronic conditions and strategies for increasing compliance. Key Takeaways: • Medication nonadherence contributes to poor clinical outcomes (including higher hospitalization and death rates) and increases healthcare costs. • Risk factors/red flags for medication non-adherence include depression, cognitive impairment, missed office visits, poor patient/provider relationship, and lack of response to medication. • Strategies to improve adherence should address multiple dimensions and be tailored to the individual patient. Of the 3.8 billion prescriptions dispensed in the US each year, half are not taken as prescribed. Medication nonadherence is a global healthcare problem that is increasingly recognized as a leading cause of rising health care costs and poor health outcomes (eg, disease progression). One to two-thirds of medication related hospital admissions in the US result from nonadherence. In addition, as many as 25% of nursing home admissions may be due to medication nonadherence. Avoidable healthcare costs attributed to nonadherence range from $100 billion to $300 billion each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) has acknowledged that “increasing the effectiveness of adherence interventions may have a far greater impact on the health of the population than any improvement in specific medication treatment.” In response to the problem, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Council on Patient Information and Education, and the WHO have issued a call for strategies to improve medication adherence. Furthermore, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to acknowledge the importance of adherence consultation with patients. Adherence rates for diabetes, hypertension, and cholesterol (statin) medications are triple weighted measures for the 5-star rating system CMS uses to grade the quality of prescription drug plans. This issue explores the problem of nonadherence, includin its economic and clinical impact on chronic conditions, provides the tools you need to identify and measure nonadherence, and outlines strategies you can use to improve medication adherence...

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Course Information

Target Audience

Tech Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacy Technician : 0428-0000-18-006-H05-T
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.