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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Tools for the assessment of adherence

Combining measures and survey tools with objective measures can help to characterize patient health behaviors, with the potential to increase adherence Quantitative methods can be used to characterize health behavior Measures and survey tools are useful mechanisms to gain an understanding of health behavior, thereby providing effective support to patients in managing their own conditions.…


Patient Support Programs: personalized digital adherence support

What are PSPs? Patient Support Programs are specifically designed to help patients in understanding their condition and taking medications directly. They can range from simple interventions such as the provision of pill boxes, to more complex solutions, for example organized programs with their roots in behavioral science theory.1,2 Whereas healthcare professionals may only have time-limited…


The COM-B framework and its use in explaining non-adherence

For patients with pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, there are a variety of reasons why they may not adhere to treatment. Some of these are modifiable. There is therefore a need for a comprehensive framework that assesses and understands adherence. COM-B is a framework that encompasses Capability, Opportunity and Motivation, allowing a precise understanding of the relationship…

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First patients enrolled in my a:care clinical trial in Thailand

Trial of an estimated 150 participants will evaluate treatment adherence rate in dyslipidemic patients using my a:care my a:care is a unique mobile application to tackle the lack of adherence in patients, using proven behavioral science techniques, and it is available in emerging countries where access to care can be challenging Globally, more than 50%…

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Improving medication adherence through a collaborative approach with the CfBI Medical Adherence and Digital Health consortium

Abbott is proud to work with CfBI Medical Adherence and Digital Health consortium, which brings together powerful stakeholders and decision makers from across healthcare encompassing organizations from the pharmaceutical, pharmacy, contract research, technology, patient advocacy, insurance, and health care professional sectors – advised by leading academics. This is taking a collaborative pan industry approach to…

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Tackling medication adherence with King’s College London by broadening access to further medical education

Poor adherence to medicine is considered an important public health issue, with wide-ranging implications – on people, societies, and economies alike. Abbott has signed an educational grant with King’s College London to provide healthcare professionals from emerging countries access to resources and trainings on behavioral science in order to improve medication adherence. A key public…

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Culture, food, and defiance of medical advice in cardiovascular care

Cardiovascular diseases are primarily lifestyle-associated illnesses stemming from unhealthy food choices and limited physical activity. This is further aided by our genetic predisposition toward clogging the arteries with fats1. Culture determines our food habits and shapes our beliefs and value systems. Often what we love to eat and have learned to believe are at loggerheads…

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Covid-19 as a teacher: Lessons learned in medication adherence

The covid-19 pandemic was catastrophic for healthcare infrastructure and it has highlighted the deficiencies in the system1. Medication non-adherence soared during the pandemic because of virus containment measures that led to disruption in healthcare services, breakdown of support network, financial constraints, and enhancement of psychological issues 2 Identifying the vulnerable, strengthening health infrastructure, and use…

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Pill reminders: Addressing non-adherence owing to forgetfulness

“You can look for external sources of motivation and that can catalyze a change, but it won’t sustain one. It has to be from internal desire.” – Jillian Michaels Medication adherence is defined by the World Health Organization as “the degree to which the person’s behavior corresponds with the agreed recommendations from a health care…

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