America’s Other Drug Problem – Is Your Client Part of it?

The inability to take and maintain a prescription drug regimen as prescribed is becoming an epidemic that is spreading across America.

According to a recent article in Dorland Health they’ve even given it a name dubbing it “America’s other drug problem.” We’re not talking about addiction as the problem; the issue is not taking medications correctly.

Medication adherence or management plays a direct role in keeping people in the second half of life out of the hospital. In fact, according to a 2011 Centers for Disease & Control (CDC) Prevention study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, each year there are nearly 100,000 emergency room hospitalizations for adverse drug events in adults aged 65 years and older.

In the article, Bonnie Zickgraf, BSN, RN, CRRN, Senior Accreditation Reviewer with URAC answers five key questions about medication adherence and what today’s providers can do to boost outcomes. Part of improving adherence is patient education about the medications they are prescribed. Zickgraf also points out that collaboration and communication is key between both the client and providers.

Medication adherence is part of changing the experience for our clients to achieve successful outcomes. Join the conversation and share how you are helping your clients adhere to medications? And what plans are in place to help them understand the medications they are taking?