Educating patients about chronic conditions and the effects of taking their medication as prescribed begins in your office. To help your patients comply with your prescribed medication regimens, please continue to discuss the risk factors associated with stopping, skipping or reducing medications without consulting you.
Your patients may not always know the right questions to ask about their conditions. Before leaving your office your patients should know:
Why you are prescribing this medication
How it will help their condition
Any side effects from this medicine
Dosage, frequency, timing and duration
The importance of completing a course of medication
What to do if a dose is missed
Number of refills
Tests needed to monitor the course of the treatment
Prescription drug plan coverage of prescribed medication
Generic options available
How to obtain a 90-day supply
Helpful Hints for Medication Adherence at Home
Give your patients these helpful hints they can use at home to help them remember to take their medications:
Use a pillbox to store their medicine and leave it where they brush their teeth as a reminder to take their pills.
Set the alarm on their watches, clocks or cell phones to remind them when it is time for a dose.
Ask a friend or family member to call them every day to remind them to take their medicine —
it's a great way to stay in touch, too!
The extra time spent with your patients, including reconciling medications at each visit, can have a lasting effect on medication adherence and on their health outcomes.