Adherence in Asthma: Why don't my patients take their medicines?
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|Satellite||Adherence in Asthma: Why don't my patients take their medicines?|
|Speakers||Dr Toby Capstick (Consultant Pharmacist - Respiratory Medicine, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds)|
Poor adherence in asthma is known to be a risk factor for poor outcomes. Reasons for non-adherence are complex and comprise both perceptual and practical factors that impact on patient behaviour. These include patients’ beliefs about the necessity and concerns over medication, as well as barriers that may adversely impact a patient’s ability to take their medication as intended. Detecting poor adherence is a challenge for healthcare professionals. A number of direct and indirect strategies may be required and a number of different methods can be used to improve adherence as part of shared decision making.