Special Issue "Patient Adherence"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Judy Mullan
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Guest Editor
Centre for Health Research Illawarra Shoalhaven Population (CHRISP) and School of Medicine, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, 2500, Australia
Interests: medication management; chronic disease management; health literacy; patient–doctor communications and health services research
Distinguished Prof. Dr. Gregory Peterson
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School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Tasmania, Bag 26, Hobart, TAS 7001, Australia
Interests: clinical pharmacy; medication safety; health informatics; health services research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Adherence to medications and treatment recommendations is among the most effective ways of improving health outcomes. Yet, poor patient adherence is common, especially among people living with chronic illness. We invite you to submit manuscripts for this Special Issue which focuses on “Patient Adherence”. We welcome research which examines the assessment, prevalence and determinants of adherence, the consequences of poor adherence, and strategies which can be used to address intentional and/or unintentional poor adherence. We seek manuscripts of all types, including reviews, original research, short reports, case studies, and commentaries, and will also consider manuscripts which focus on adherence with other treatment modalities (e.g., dietary or exercise recommendations).

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Assoc. Prof. Judy Mullan
Prof. Gregory Peterson
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Medication adherence
  • Polypharmacy
  • Comorbidity
  • Treatment adherence
  • Safe medicine management
  • Interventions to improve adherence

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Exploring Medication Adherence Using M-Health: A Study from Veterinary Medicine
Pharmacy 2020, 8(1), 38; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy8010038 - 10 Mar 2020
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Background: Pharmacy practice includes the handling of human and animal medication. Amongst veterinary pharmaceutical treatments, the management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis (CAD), a chronic skin condition affecting 10%–15% of the canine population, is complex and demanding. Medication regimens are tailored to each animal [...] Read more.
Background: Pharmacy practice includes the handling of human and animal medication. Amongst veterinary pharmaceutical treatments, the management of Canine Atopic Dermatitis (CAD), a chronic skin condition affecting 10%–15% of the canine population, is complex and demanding. Medication regimens are tailored to each animal and their owner or caregiver. The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of a mobile health (m-health) application (Petable®) to support the medication adherence in CAD treatment and clinical improvement. Methods: A total of 30 atopic dogs under treatment for CAD and their caregivers were enrolled. Both the dogs’ and owners’ background data were recorded as well as clinical and medication adherence information. This was accomplished by direct observation, clinical files consultation, mobile application, and medication adherence (Medida de Adesão aos Tratamentos—MAT questionnaire) feedback. Results: The overall non-adherence of the sample was 12.6% according to the mobile application, while 60% of caregivers self-scored as adherent according to the MAT. The only significant and positive correlation was between overall adherence and the caregiver’s education. The average degree of pruritus decreased over time and during treatment, independently to the level of m-health app usage. Conclusions: The adherence to chronic treatments may be improved through m-health apps, although further studies are needed to gauge their actual usefulness in supplementing known adherence determinants. Full article
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Impact of Diabetes Perceptions on Medication Adherence in Japan
Pharmacy 2019, 7(4), 144; https://doi.org/10.3390/pharmacy7040144 - 29 Oct 2019
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Background: Patients’ perception of diabetes mellitus is one of the psychosocial factors influencing diabetic behavior. This patients’ perception of the disease is a mental image formed from the experience of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and reportedly reflects the aspect of [...] Read more.
Background: Patients’ perception of diabetes mellitus is one of the psychosocial factors influencing diabetic behavior. This patients’ perception of the disease is a mental image formed from the experience of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and reportedly reflects the aspect of recuperation. We investigated the relationship between changes in the patients’ perception of the disease and medication adherence, as influenced by the active involvement of community pharmacists. Methods: A prospective cohort study that used patient registry based in community pharmacies was conducted in patients with type 2 diabetes using oral antidiabetic agents at a pharmacy in Ishikawa Prefecture in Japan. Patients responded to the questionnaire at the time of enrollment and at the end of the one-year intervention period. The pharmacist confirmed the patient's medication status and treatment problems via telephone calls at least once every two weeks for one year. Main outcome measures: Type 2 diabetes patients’ perception of the disease related to medication adherence. Results: The study enrolled 113 patients. Among the seven diabetes image factors, “Living an orderly life” and “Feeling of fear” were significantly associated with medication adherence. “Feeling of neglect of health” was significantly associated at the subscale level. Conclusion: All the three factors related to medication adherence indicated self-care ability. To enhance the self-care ability of the patient, pharmacists should assist in self-care interventions for the patients. Full article
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