• Center on Health Equity and Access
  • Clinical
  • Health Care Cost
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Insurance
  • Policy
  • Technology
  • Value-Based Care

Improving Adherence May Need Out-of-the-Box Strategies

Article

In his blog, a University of Chicago economist says that while non-adherence is a major source of waste in US healthcare-totaling approximately 2.3% of GDP-achieving the optimal level of adherence to treatments is more nuanced than strictly raising adherence rates.

Improving adherence to prescribed medical treatments remains an almost universally agreed-upon challenge in health care. Estimates show that the cost of non-adherence in the United States is approximately $290 billion, equating to about 13% of total health care spending, or 2.3% of GDP. Improving treatment adherence through both private and public interventions has been identified as a crucial step toward improving health outcomes and lowering health care costs.

Agencies, such as the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the National Institutes of Health, dedicate substantial funding to research on improving medication adherence. The common overall policy view is that adherence is too low because patients are ill-informed or irrational, and therefore private or public interventions are needed to improve adherence. This approach is not based on science and assumes that that under-adherence is the sole problem, but over-adherence to ineffective treatments is equally harmful to patients — and potentially more costly for the health system.

Complete post on Forbes: http://onforb.es/1H4Y4ev

Related Videos
Sudipto Mukherjee, MD, PhD, MPH, hematology and medical oncology, Cleveland Clinic
Video 12 - "Key Considerations for Treating Patients Diagnosed With CLL and SLL"
Video 11 - "Optimizing BTKi Treatment Strategies"
Video 13 - "Other Clinical Considerations in Demodex Blepharitis Treatment"
Video 12 - "Cost-Effective Medication Access in Demodex Blepharitis Management"
Video 10 - "Patient Education Drives BTK Inhibitor Treatment Adherence"
Video 11 - "Understanding Demodex Blepharitis Pathogenesis"
Video 9 - "Economic Burden Is Associated With BTK Inhibitor Use"
Related Content
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences
AJMC®
All rights reserved.