As former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said “Drugs don’t work if patients don’t take them.” Reasons for medication nonadherence include complex dosing regimens, poor health professional–patient communication, use of hard-copy prescriptions, and the cost of medication.
Numerous strategies, including educating patients, simplifying treatment, and coordinating patient care across the health care team, can improve adherence.
This guide provides a call to action for public health practitioners to support evidence- and practice- based medication adherence strategies that improve blood pressure control. Additional resources and references for each action step are also included in this guide.
This guide provides a call to action for health, employer, and pharmacy benefit managers to implement evidence- and practice-based medication adherence strategies that improve blood pressure control, cholesterol management, and smoking cessation. Additional resources and references for each action step are also included in the guide.
This online module from the American Medical Association provides eight steps to improve medication adherence. Moving through the module, providers can find answers to common questions about how to involve staff and patients in identifying nonadherence and changing behaviors.
One major cause of ineffective blood pressure control is poor medication adherence, or patients not taking their medications at the right time and in the right amount. Learn strategies to help your patients improve their blood pressure control.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is one of the leading causes of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and death in the United States. One major cause of poor blood pressure control is not taking medications at the right time and in the right amount. Learn the steps you can take to help you or your loved ones.
Easy to use fact sheets for patients, families, and providers on addressing and achieving high blood pressure control.
Effective provider-patient communication improves health outcomes and saves time. Use this checklist with sample questions to communicate better with your patients during every visit.
Medication adherence is critical to successful hypertension control for most patients. Find out how you can help.
Share these hypertension control tip sheets with your patients to encourage them to make control their goal.
Caregivers and family members play an important role in keeping hypertension under control.
Several Million Hearts® partners and programs have demonstrated success in helping patients improve medication adherence. Read more about these strategies and programs.