People with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, and depression require regular medical attention and a consistent medication regimen in order to effectively manage their needs. Medical adherence, or patient compliance, means getting the necessary medical care and taking medication as prescribed.
Why is Medical Adherence Important?
Properly managing chronic conditions can prevent serious problems from arising. Without consistent medical adherence, treatments have a higher chance of failing and conditions can significantly worsen. Inconsistent treatment can also lead to complications or other conditions that could have been avoided. All of these consequences can lead to significantly increased health care costs, so it is in an employer’s best interest to help employees properly handle their chronic conditions in order to avoid unnecessary complications and medical bills.
When is Medical Adherence a Problem?
Many people do not consistently adhere to their medical treatments and medications. There are several possible reasons for this. One may be the out-of-pocket costs that the patient must pay. Medical care and medication for chronic conditions can be incredibly expensive.
Another reason may be a lack of knowledge on the patient’s part. Any patient that does not fully understand their condition, why treatment or medication is essential, or the consequences of not following through on treatment may be less likely to consistently seek treatment and take medication. In addition, adherence is more likely when a treatment or medication actually produces symptom relief. When that is not the case, the patient may see the treatment as ineffective, unnecessary or unbeneficial.
What Can Employers Do?
Employers can play a big part in helping their employees adhere to their medical treatment plans and medication regimens. To address the reasons why patients struggle with compliance, keep in mind the following:
Studies constantly show that patients who are more informed and are reminded about the importance of their treatment or medication are more likely to be medically adherent. With the Medication Management service from MedCareComplete, Medical Adherence can be possible for all.