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Using Text Messages to Improve Medication Adherence

One-way Versus Two-way Text Messaging on Improving Medication Adherence: Meta-analysis of Randomized Trials Two-way text messaging (reminder plus patient reply) improves medication adherence by 23%, while one-way text messaging (reminder only) has little or no effect. Abstract Background Mobile telephone text messaging is a simple potential solution to the failure to take medications as directed. […]

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Food Insecurity Is Linked to Medication Underuse

Chronically ill adults who reported food insecurity in their household (not having consistent access to food due to lack of financial stability) were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse, according to a new study in The American Journal of Medicine,. The term cost-related medication underuse refers to taking less medication than prescribed, or […]

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Treat or Eat: Food Insecurity, Cost-related Medication Underuse, and Unmet Needs

Cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity are common among chronically ill adults, with 1/3 of patients reporting one or both. Abstract Background Adults with chronic disease are often unable to meet medication and food needs, but no study has examined the relationship between cost-related medication underuse and food insecurity in a nationally representative sample. We […]

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Incentivizing $ Adherence

Financial Reinforcers for Improving Medication Adherence: Findings from a Meta-analysis Increasingly, financial reinforcement interventions based on behavioral economic principles are being applied in health care settings, and this study examined the use of financial reinforcers for enhancing adherence to medications. Electronic databases and bibliographies of relevant references were searched, and a meta-analysis of identified trials […]

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Enhancing Medical Adherence

Adherence to a medical regimen is defined as the extent to which a patient takes a prescribed medication. The term “adherence” is often used interchangeably with “compliance,” but adherence is currently the preferred term because it implies a responsibility that is shared by both the patient and the healthcare provider. Many barriers to appropriate medication […]

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