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    Adherence, compliance and concordance

    The latest learning and CPD content on adherence, compliance and concordance. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to adherence, compliance and concordance.

    CPD and Learning

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    How pharmacists can encourage patient adherence to medicines

    1 AUG 2018By ,

    This article outlines how community pharmacists can play an important role in medicines adherence, including examples of how to reinforce treatment.

    Pharmacist speaks to patient on Champix smoking cessation therapy

    Smoking cessation services: how nicotine replacement therapy and counselling through pharmacy can support adherence and quittingSubscription

    2 JAN 2018By

    Smoking is the primary cause of preventable ill health and death in the UK. Pharmacists and pharmacy teams are well placed to provide stop-smoking services, which are cost-effective interventions to help people give up smoking.

    Other resources

    Older person pharmacist consultation

    Weekly contact with pharmacist improves medicine adherence in people with heart failureSubscription

    19 JUN 2019

    Regular consultations with pharmacists lead to improved medicine adherence in people with chronic heart failure, research results show.

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    Patient-centred clinic improves outcomes after myocardial infarctionSubscription

    11 FEB 2019

    A post-myocardial infarction medicines optimisation clinic, led primarily by a pharmacist with support from a cardiologist, has resulted in improved medicines adherence and guideline concordance, study results published in Open Heart show.

    Multicompartment compliance aid

    Are we dispensing too many multicompartment compliance aids?Subscription

    8 FEB 2019By

    Millions of multicompartment compliance aids (MCAs) are handed out by pharmacists each year, but evidence for their benefits is hard to find. Few patients are assessed before being given an MCA and concerns are building over potential errors and harms.

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    Increased intensity plus adherence maximises statin benefitsSubscription

    16 JAN 2019

    High adherence to intensive lipid-lowering therapy provides the greatest risk reduction for cardiovascular events, a study in JAMA Network Open has shown.

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    First-year statin discontinuation and non-adherence common in older adultsSubscription

    7 DEC 2018

    A substantial proportion of older people who begin taking statins do not take them as intended, according to an Australian study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.

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    Reminder apps improve self-reported adherence to cardiovascular medicinesSubscription

    8 NOV 2018

    Medicine reminder apps can improve self-reported adherence to cardiovascular medicines, according to findings from a randomised clinical trial presented at the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

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    One in six women with breast cancer 'do not adhere to tamoxifen' Subscription

    26 OCT 2018

    Some 16% of premenopausal women with early-onset breast cancer fail to adequately adhere to tamoxifen, increasing their risk of recurrence and reduced survival.

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    Nocebo: the placebo effect’s evil twin Subscription

    15 MAR 2018By

    The little-known nocebo effect, where negative expectations about treatment lead to side effects, can have a huge impact on clinical outcomes. It is important that healthcare professionals are aware of the nocebo effect and talk to patients about their medicines in a balanced way so as to try to minimise it.

    Revalidation

    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can find guidance from The Pharmaceutical Journal on completing the relevant records to meet the General Pharmaceutical Council requirements, as well as support on the scope of activity that could be included in these records here.