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Resilience of Medication Adherence Practices in Response to Life Changes: Learning from Qualitative Data Obtained during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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UCL School of Pharmacy, 29-39 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AX, UK
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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Fulham Palace Rd, Hammersmith, London W6 8RF, UK
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Imperial NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed St., Paddington, London W2 1NY, UK
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Academic Editor: Ilaria Baiardini
Healthcare 2021, 9(8), 1048; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9081048
Received: 16 June 2021 / Revised: 6 August 2021 / Accepted: 7 August 2021 / Published: 13 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medication Adherence and Beliefs About Medication)
Nonadherence to medicines is widespread and can adversely affect health outcomes. Previous research has identified that patients develop their own strategies to assist with adherence. However, such research has not focused on how the helpfulness of these strategies may change in response to changes in patients’ circumstances. This study aimed to explore resilience of medication adherence to life changes. It involved secondary thematic analysis of the verbatim transcripts of 50 semi-structured interviews that were conducted with adults who were advised to shield or were over the age of 70 during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Interview data suggested that resilience of medication adherence varied between participants. Participants either reported that they had not used any specific strategies to remind them to take their medicines prior to the pandemic, that the strategies that they had employed prior to the pandemic remained effective during the pandemic, that they had needed to make some adjustments to the strategies used, or that the strategies they had used were no longer effective. In addition, beliefs about medicines and motivation to take them were altered for some participants. These findings suggest that challenges associated with medication adherence do not always remain stable over time and that healthcare professionals need to continue to monitor and support medication adherence long-term. View Full-Text
Keywords: adherence; medication; resilience; housebound adherence; medication; resilience; housebound
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Ahmed, M.; Wheeler, C.; Franklin, B.D.; Begum, R.; Garfield, S. Resilience of Medication Adherence Practices in Response to Life Changes: Learning from Qualitative Data Obtained during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare 2021, 9, 1048. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9081048

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Ahmed M, Wheeler C, Franklin BD, Begum R, Garfield S. Resilience of Medication Adherence Practices in Response to Life Changes: Learning from Qualitative Data Obtained during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Healthcare. 2021; 9(8):1048. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9081048

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Ahmed, Mushfique, Carly Wheeler, Bryony D. Franklin, Rabia Begum, and Sara Garfield. 2021. "Resilience of Medication Adherence Practices in Response to Life Changes: Learning from Qualitative Data Obtained during the COVID-19 Pandemic" Healthcare 9, no. 8: 1048. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9081048

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