To support healthcare professionals in improving adherence, a series of articles has been developped to provide digestible learning resources around the role behavior science plays in adherence, including practical insights relating to therapy areas. The articles provide a useful companion to a series of masterclasses where the subjects of adherence and behavioral science are explored in more depth.


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Non-adherence to immunosuppressants in organ transplant patients

Non-adherence to medication remains a barrier to long-term graft survival in the life of solid organ transplant patients1,2. The major risk factors for non-adherence include income, complex regimen, employment status, minority race, illness perception, and mental health2,3.  Multicomponent interventions tailored to the need of patients appear to be most effective in lowering non-adherence to immunosuppressants4.…

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Non-adherence in patients with schizophrenia: An issue of impaired insight

Nonadherence to antipsychotic medication remains a major challenge for the effective treatment of schizophrenia patients1. Impaired insight – patient’s lack of awareness or understanding of illness plus medication – is a critical factor for non-adherence to treatment2,3 Emerging interventions like second-generation antipsychotics and psychotherapies like cognitive behavior therapies (CBT) and metacognitive training can play important…

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Prescription costs are key to non-adherence: Can generics help?

Prescription costs are a potent driver for non-adherence to medication1-3. Generic substitution of prescriptions is key to lowering the out-of-pocket costs of medications4-6. Distrust in generic medications needs to be addressed to encourage their usage and reduce cost-related non-adherence7.   Cost-related non-adherence (CRNA): Cost of medicines is an overriding issue for adherence to the treatment…

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Healthcare practitioners: A potential springboard for adherence success

Healthcare practitioners (HCPs) are uniquely positioned to deliver medication adherence interventions1. Communication between HCPs and patient is inadequate2. Enabling HCPs with the required skill-set is pivotal1. Improving adherence to medications requires a collaborative team effort from health care professionals3,4. Optimum disease management requires taking medication in the required dosage at the right time as advised…

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Pandemic outbreak management: a behavioral science perspective

Pandemics are not new to the humankind, and the coronavirus is just the latest (and most probably not the last) of them. A considerable number of the pandemics were dealt with medically, through vaccination.1,2 This was the case for polio, smallpox, rubella, to name but few. These diseases had been killing great numbers of people…

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Is nudging enough to achieve behavioral changes at short notice?

Nudging is a powerful tool in helping people make the right decisions without forcing them to do so. It has been widely used by public authorities to help the general public adopt behaviors beneficial to them, that otherwise they would tend not to adopt. In his groundbreaking book “Nudge”, Nobel prize winner Richard Thaler gives…

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A Holistic Perspective on the Menopause Transition to Improve the Patients’ Experience

Approximately 1.2 billion women worldwide will be menopausal by 2030.2  A woman’s experience with menopause is complex; it is shaped by various biological, cultural, ethical, social, psychological, situational, and behavioral factors.6  Physicians must consider these aspects during their interactions with menopausal patients to improve women’s health outcomes and quality of life.  Effective peri- and postmenopausal…

Menopause

Menopause’s impact on women’s lives and adherence to treatment during the peri- and post-menopausal period

When symptomatic, menopause can have a profound impact on multiple aspects of a woman’s life, including work3, family life, and sex life4, among others. Adherence to treatments for menopausal syndrome and other diseases during the peri- and post-menopausal period is crucial to women’s health outcomes.11-14 Menopause syndrome can impact quality of life All women experience…

Menopause

Two systems of thinking: Why do rational people make irrational choices, and how can the answer help us better understand menopause?

Behavioral science indicates that people make decisions, including medication adherence decisions, using two systems of thinking: System 1, which is rapid but intuitive and biased, and System 2, which is rational and reflective but complex. Humans tend to favor System 1 thinking. Understanding the human decision-making process allows for a better understanding of menopausal women.…

Menopause

Heuristics and decision-making: What are the effects on women going through menopause?

The human mind has evolved to make decisions and draw the most plausible conclusions regardless of the quality of the available information. The decision-making process is influenced by heuristics, or cognitive shortcuts, that can have a significant effect on adherence when relevant information is limited. Understanding heuristics can significantly help us to understand patients’ adherence…

Menopause