Describe the definition, nature and instance of medicines non-adherence, and its potential impact on health, wellbeing and health services globally.
Identify a range of factors that have been found to be strong predictors of non-adherence, including patient illness and treatment beliefs.
Identify how consultation behaviours that effectively identify and address non-adherence can be used to empower and better support patients who are having difficulty taking their medicines as prescribed.
Explore how an evidence-based consultation framework, the Medication-Related Consultation Framework, can be incorporated into day-to-day practice to better support patients to self-manage their medicines.
Explain how consultation behaviours that effectively identify and address non-adherence can be used to empower and better support patients who are having difficulty taking their medicines as prescribed.
Reflect upon personal experiences of medicines-related consultations and the ways that people use their medicines.
It is estimated that 30-50% of patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. So how should we, as healthcare professionals, respond? As medicines are key to the successful management of chronic conditions, underuse or non-adherence represents a lost opportunity for the health improvement for the patient as well as being a waste of valuable resources for healthcare systems. In Europe alone, the cost of poor adherence to treatment is estimated at 195,000 lives and €20 billion annually.
This two week course is designed for pharmacists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with a role or interest in supporting patients with long-term conditions. We’ve invited a range of inspirational healthcare professionals, researchers and clinical academics from across King’s College London’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and the Pharmaceutical Clinical Academic Group at King’s Health Partners to contribute to this course. You will be able to immerse yourself in our engaging video material, scenarios and discussions to explore the challenges of medicines non-adherence, factors that may influence patient medicines use and approaches that can be used to effectively engage patients in patient-centred consultations about self-managing medicines.
Delivered in bite-sized sections, you will be able to enhance your own understanding of medicines adherence and, importantly, gain increasing awareness of where in your own day-to-day consultations you can apply these techniques and approaches to better support patient self-management of medicines. We look forward to walking you through this important and challenging area of healthcare provision.
By the end of this two week course, learners will have developed their understanding, and reflected upon their own clinical practice and consultation skills, in order to:
1) Identify patients who may be having problems with their medicines
2) Employ strategies to support these patients with the use of their medicines.
The learning materials have been designed to take approximately 1-2 hours per week to complete.
The nature of medicines non-adherence, its prevalence and its potential impact on personal health, healthcare systems and society.
Evidence-based predictors of non-adherence, including physical barriers, illness and treatment beliefs, to better understand patients’ medicines-taking behaviour.
The Medication-related Consultation Framework (MRCF) as a structured, patient-centred approach to help healthcare professionals evaluate and develop their skills when consulting with patients about medication issues.
Patient-centred consultation behaviours to be effectively use in conjunction with the MRCF, including active listening and the use of open and close questions and affirmations.
Simulated patient-practitioner consultations to illustrate the concepts, tools and techniques covered in this course.
This course is designed for healthcare professionals, but will also be helpful for those with an academic or personal interest in medicines adherence.