3 Types of Barriers to Medication Adherence

You might think you know the barriers to patients taking their medication, but are you sure? Dr. R. James Dudl, MD, recently shared with us a list of the three types of barriers to medication adherence.

Dr. Dudl, Diabetes Lead at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, has 35 years experience in diabetes care. He’ll be speaking at an upcoming SurroundHealth health literacy webinar sponsored by the National Communication Association. The medication adherence barriers he’s listed are:

1) Patient-Related Barriers

Photo of Dr. R. James Dudl, Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute

Dr. R. James Dudl, Diabetes Lead at the Kaiser Permanente Care Management Institute, talks about three types of barriers to medication adherence.

  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Value of therapy
  • Cultural/ethnic
  • Denial
  • Financial
  • Health literacy
  • Social support

2) Medication-Related Barriers

  • Complex regimens
  • Side effects
  • Taking multiple medications
  • Length of therapy

3) Provider-Related Barriers

  • Poor relationship and / or poor communication with healthcare provider
  • Disparity between provider and patient around cultural / religious beliefs
  • Lack of feedback and ongoing reinforcement from the provider
  • Providers / pharmacists emphasizing negative aspects of the medication (side effects with minimal solutions) instead of the benefits

Dr. Dudl will be speaking on April 24, 2013, about how to overcome these barriers by using the “Ask-Educate-Ask” method. This approach combines the teach-back method (for improved comprehension) and motivational interviewing (for busting through barriers to adherence).

Registration is free, and attendees can receive free CEUs (approved for RD/CHES/MCHES). In addition, an archive will be available for all members of SurroundHealth. Register now.

This blog post was written by Sarah Scalet, Content Director for SurroundHealth.

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