Adherence By The Numbers

Some people call it medication compliance, others call it adherence. Whatever you call it, not doing it is a huge problem for payors, providers, and patients. Here’s why:  


A Practitioner Says:
“As a family physician, I see the negative impact nonadherence has on patients each day. I also see the positive impact that adherence to treatment protocols has and the improved quality of life many individuals experience as a result.” Rebecca Jaffe, MD




An Industry Spokesperson Says:
“Improving adherence for diabetes alone could result in more than one million avoided emergency room visits and hospitalizations every year, saving over $8 billion a year.”John Castellani, president and chief executive officer of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)




An Academic Researcher Says:
“Increasing the effectiveness of adherence interventions may have a far greater impact on the health of the population than any improvement in specific medical treatments.” R. Bryan Haynes, MD, PhD




A Global Health Proponent Says:
“There is no single intervention strategy, or package of strategies that has been shown to be effective across all patients, conditions and settings. Consequently, interventions that target adherence must be tailored to the particular illness-related demands experienced by the patient.” World Health Organization




The Leading Patient Education Provider Says:
“We offer a complete range of educational materials and adherence aids, all custom tailored to the specific needs of a patient cohort. We provide patients with clear information and healthcare professionals with tools to facilitate one-on-one communication with patients.” Artcraft Health Education



Tom Savonick - Medical Writer