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Adherence: are you asking the right questions and taking the best approach?

Are you asking the right questions about adherence? Pharmacists are constantly reminded of the importance of improving adherence to aid patient wellbeing and reduce medicines waste. Health coaching techniques can augment what you currently do, with minimal additional time component, according to our three authors.

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Many pharmacists traditionally have a product- rather than patient-centric approach to consultations about medicines: they offer facts about medicines rather than first asking patients what they would like to know. This article explains the value of coaching in improving adherence, and describes how such an approach can be implemented. Reading it should help you to reflect on your current approach and on how you can improve it.

 

 

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Nina Barnett MSc, FRPharmS, is a consultant pharmacist for older people at East and South East England specialist pharmacy services, Sneha Varia, MRPharmS, is a pharmacy professional development specialist at London Pharmacy Education and Training, and Barry Jubraj, FRPharmS, is an associate professor, at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and UCL school of pharmacy.

 

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11126181

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