Medication Adherence

Publication Title: 
Geriatrics & Gerontology International

Medication adherence is a crucial part in the management of chronic diseases. As older adults form a greater proportion of the population with chronic diseases and multiple morbidities, understanding medication adherence in older adults becomes important. In the present article, we aimed to systematically review the literature for the factors associated with medication adherence in the geriatric population. We carried out a literature search using electronic databases and related keywords. 17?391 articles were reviewed in total. 65 articles were found to be relevant to our objective.

Author(s): 
Yap, Angela Frances
Thirumoorthy, Thiru
Kwan, Yu Heng
Publication Title: 
Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

BACKGROUND: Despite advances in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treatment, major challenges remain in achieving access, retention, and adherence. Our inner-city HIV clinical practice in Baltimore has a diverse patient population with high rates of poverty, black race, and injection drug use (IDU), providing us the opportunity to compare health process and outcomes.

Author(s): 
Moore, Richard D.
Keruly, Jeanne C.
Bartlett, John G.
Publication Title: 
Drug Design, Development and Therapy

A recent explosion in the amount of cardiovascular risk and incipient, undetected subclinical cardiovascular pathology has swept across the globe. Nearly 70% of adult Americans are overweight or obese; the prevalence of visceral obesity stands at 53% and continues to rise. At any one time, 55% of the population is on a weight-loss diet, and almost all fail. Fewer than 15% of adults or children exercise sufficiently, and over 60% engage in no vigorous activity.

Author(s): 
Kones, Richard
Publication Title: 
Sociology of Health & Illness

Interest in medication-taking as a social behaviour is growing. Drawing on qualitative data, this study interrogates beliefs and practices related to antiretroviral therapy (ART) use among urban poor Kenyan people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). Responding PLWHA relied on a range of ingenious strategies to remember to take their medications but did not necessarily perceive compliance with medical instructions as key to treatment efficacy. They also believed that compliance can even hurt some patients.

Author(s): 
Izugbara, Chimaraoke O.
Wekesa, Eliud
Publication Title: 
The Diabetes Educator

PURPOSE: The purpose of the current study was to pilot-test a positive psychology intervention to improve adherence to diabetes management in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. METHODS: A total of 39 adolescents (ages, 13-17 years) with type 1 diabetes and their caregivers were randomized to a positive psychology intervention (n = 20) or an attention control (education) intervention (n = 19). The intervention condition used positive psychology exercises (eg, gratitude, self-affirmation), small gifts, and parent affirmations to boost positive affect.

Author(s): 
Jaser, Sarah S.
Patel, Niral
Rothman, Russell L.
Choi, Leena
Whittemore, Robin
Publication Title: 
Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice

AIMS: We explored people's reasons for, and experiences of, using bolus advisors to determine insulin doses; and, their likes/dislikes of this technology. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 42 people with type 1 diabetes who had received instruction in use of bolus advisors during a structured education course were interviewed post-course and 6 months later. Data were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Participants who considered themselves to have poor mathematical skills highlighted a gratitude for, and heavy reliance on, advisors.

Author(s): 
Lawton, J.
Kirkham, J.
Rankin, D.
Barnard, K.
Cooper, C. L.
Taylor, C.
Heller, S.
Elliott, J.
REPOSE Group
Publication Title: 
AIDS and behavior

To explore the role of informal caregivers in adherence, we compared adherence reports by caregivers to those of care recipients. We identified individual-level and relationship factors associated with agreement between caregivers' reports of recipients' adherence and assessed viral suppression. Participants were care recipients, who were on ART and had ever injected drugs, and their caregivers (N†=†258 dyads). Nearly three-fourths of caregivers' reports of recipients' ART adherence agreed with recipients' viral suppression status.

Author(s): 
Knowlton, Amy R.
Mitchell, Mary M.
Robinson, Allysha C.
Nguyen, Trang Q.
Isenberg, Sarina
Denison, Julie
Publication Title: 
American Journal of Kidney Diseases: The Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation

BACKGROUND: Kidney transplantation offers better outcomes compared to dialysis, but requires patients to adhere to an ongoing and complex self-management regimen. Medication nonadherence remains a leading cause of transplant loss, and inadequate self-management undermines transplantation and other health outcomes. We aimed to describe kidney transplant recipients' motivations, challenges, and attitudes toward self-management. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies. SETTING & POPULATION: Kidney transplant recipients.

Author(s): 
Jamieson, Nathan J.
Hanson, Camilla S.
Josephson, Michelle A.
Gordon, Elisa J.
Craig, Jonathan C.
Halleck, Fabian
Budde, Klemens
Tong, Allison
Publication Title: 
BMC infectious diseases

BACKGROUND: While patient-provider interactions are commonly understood as mutually constructed relationships, the role of patient behaviour, participation in interactions, and characteristics, particularly ideals surrounding notions of 'good' and 'bad' patients, are under-examined. This article examines social representations of 'a good patient' and how these representations affect patient-healthcare provider relationships and antiretroviral treatment (ART) for people living with HIV.

Author(s): 
Campbell, Catherine
Scott, Kerry
Skovdal, Morten
Madanhire, Claudius
Nyamukapa, Constance
Gregson, Simon
Publication Title: 
Medical Care

BACKGROUND: In 2006, dual-eligible nursing home residents were randomly assigned to a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan (PDP). Subsequently, residents not enrolled in qualified plans at the start of the next year were rerandomized. PDPs vary in generosity through differences in medication coverage and utilization management. Therefore, residents' assigned plans may be relatively more or less generous for their particular drugs. The impact of generosity on residents' medication use and health outcomes is unknown.

Author(s): 
Huskamp, Haiden A.
Stevenson, David G.
O'Malley, A. James
Dusetzina, Stacie B.
Mitchell, Susan L.
Zarowitz, Barbara J.
Chernew, Michael E.
Newhouse, Joseph P.

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