Too many patients unaware of non-adherence issues
NewÂ research Â findsÂ 93% ofÂ pharmacists andÂ theirÂ staffÂ believe patients donâ€™t understand the impactÂ ofÂ medication non-adherence,Â with patients often preoccupiedÂ when collecting or orderingÂ theirÂ prescriptions.
Released aheadÂ ofÂ National Medication Adherence Week, which runs 3rdÂ to 9thÂ July , the Omnicell UK-backed research was based on the responses of 131 Rowlands Pharmacy employees.
It also found that 77% of pharmacy staff believeÂ that patients areÂ often distracted by their mobile phone. An equal number felt that patientsÂ have beenÂ distracted by children and 60% felt that parkingÂ restrictions were to blame. AllÂ factorsÂ contributed toÂ preventing patients fromÂ listening toÂ crucialÂ informationÂ regarding dosage and theÂ impactÂ of adherence on long-term health outcomes.Â
According to gov.uk, the cost to the NHS of people not taking their medicinesÂ properly and not getting the full benefits to their health is estimated at more than Â£500 million a year, with a further cost of Â£300m on wasted medication.Â
Paul Oâ€™Hanlon, managing director ofÂ Omnicell UKÂ commented: â€œAll major chronic illnesses require effective adherence and medication managementÂ â€“ without whichÂ people wonâ€™t get better and at worse their health may even deteriorate.Â
"While the reasons for non-adherence amongst patients are varied,Â noneÂ are insurmountable.Â This includes easy to useÂ weekly pill packs which contain allÂ medication packed into individual blisters for different days and times of the week, so patients know what to take, and when to take it.
â€œOur surveyÂ alsoÂ found that 42% of pharmacy staff felt that patients were often embarrassed about picking up medications for issues such as mental health. In reality,Â most pharmacies have private consultation rooms whereÂ patients canÂ discuss their health issues in confidence.Â Patients and/orÂ carers donâ€™t have to struggle aloneÂ or in silenceÂ â€“ there are health professionals availableÂ and willingÂ toÂ helpÂ support all adherence issues.â€
In July,Â Omnicell UK and Rowlands Pharmacy willÂ launchÂ theirÂ â€˜Letâ€™s Take Care of Itâ€™ campaign toÂ help addressÂ the issue.Â
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