We all forget to do things once in a while; it’s human nature. But the issue of patients forgetting to take their medicine is a serious one. Consider the chilling facts:
- 125,000 people die each year in the U.S. from not taking their medication correctly.
- Americans with chronic conditions forget to take their prescriptions 60% of the time.
- Poor medication adherence accounts for 10-25% of hospital and nursing home stays.
- This issue costs the healthcare industry $100 - $300 billion in remedial care annually.
Not only is it dangerous to patients’ health, but costly to the overall healthcare industry.
The good news is this: Medication adherence can be improved with minimal intervention!
Between 2010 and 2011, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente conducted a study with more than 21,000 of their members. With the use of automated telephone reminders, patients were 4% more likely to take their prescriptions as directed and refill them on time.
While this may not seem like a lot, Bill Vollmer, Senior Investigator in the study, stressed that even a small improvement means a big difference for a large population.
Patients on statins, ACE inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blockers that received automated reminders also saw improvement in their cholesterol levels, the study found.
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To read the rest of the study’s results, click here.