Special Issue "Medication Adherence"

A special issue of Pharmacy (ISSN 2226-4787).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Debi Bhattacharya

School of Pharmacy, University of East Anglia, Norfolk, UK
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Interests: development and validation of medication adherence interventions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medication non-adherence is described by the World Health Organisation as a “worldwide problem of striking magnitude”.  Adhering to prescribed medication directions is a complex health behaviour potentially presenting numerous challenges to the patient.  The research challenges include generating evidence to support practitioners in accurately identifying patients who are non-adherent, determining the reason(s) for the non-adherence and then working with the patient to develop appropriate solution(s).

We invite you to share your research regarding medication adherence, which may be from any point along the process of intervention development ranging from theory and evidence base generation through to feasibility/piloting, evaluation and implementation.

Dr. Debi Bhattacharya
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • Behaviour change
  • Complex interventions
  • Process evaluation
  • Evidence syntheses
  • Trials
  • Brief interventions
  • Disease focused adherence interventions
  • Adherence measurement
  • Outcome measures
  • Medication review

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Open AccessArticle Managing Complexity: Exploring Decision Making on Medication by Young Adults with ADHD
Received: 23 February 2018 / Revised: 16 April 2018 / Accepted: 17 April 2018 / Published: 19 April 2018
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Abstract
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes difficulties with hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Treatment of ADHD includes both medication and non-pharmacological options. Knowledge of treatment preferences by young adults with ADHD is sparse. The objective of this study was to explore the beliefs and experiences
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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes difficulties with hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention. Treatment of ADHD includes both medication and non-pharmacological options. Knowledge of treatment preferences by young adults with ADHD is sparse. The objective of this study was to explore the beliefs and experiences of young adults with ADHD related to their medication treatment decisions. Data were collected in Denmark in 2016 through a focus group and individual in-depth interviews. Conventional content analysis was used. Ten young adults with ADHD (22-to 29-year-old) participated. Three major themes were identified: (1) the patient’s right to choose concerning ADHD medicine; (2) the patient’s decision of whether or not to treat ADHD with medication; and (3) factors affecting the patient’s decision on whether to take ADHD medication or not. The latter theme contained 15 factors, which were distributed across three levels: individual, between-individuals, and societal. The dominant factors were increasing quality of life and improving oneself e.g., improving social skills. For counselling at the pharmacy and by prescribers, it is important to be aware of the different factors that affect young adult patients’ decisions on whether to take ADHD medication or not. This knowledge will aid to understand reasons for non-adherence and to determine appropriate treatment for the individual patient. Full article
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