Patient Adherence: For the Integrative Healthcare Professional

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Within integrative medicine “adherence” is more than ensuring patients remembering to take their medication. It's about adhering to a new lifestyle, exercise routine, ditching bad habits, incorporating a new nutrition plan (in addition to medication or supplement use). This slide show take a look at the differences between "patient adherence" and "patient compliance", areas of adherence, the consequences of non-adherence and what you can do as their healthcare professional.

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Patient Adherence: For the Integrative Healthcare Professional

  1. 1. Patient Adherence For the Integrative Healthcare Professional Brought to you by:
  2. 2. Adherence vs Compliance What’s the difference?
  3. 3. Compliance: the action or fact of complying with a wish or command. ( not patient-centric)
  4. 4. Adherence: steady or faithful attachment. (patient-centric)
  5. 5. For an integrative medicine patient,“Adherence” is more than remembering to take their medication.
  6. 6. It involves active participation, and adhering to changes in…
  7. 7. lifestyle (smoking, drug use, sleep, stress)
  8. 8. nutrition (weight management, gluten free, DASH)
  9. 9. & exercise (weight management, therapeutic, rehabilitation)
  10. 10. …in addition to medication or supplement use.
  11. 11. Why don’t patients adhere?
  12. 12. 1: Lack of patient education (the why and how)
  13. 13. 2: Lack of solid patient-practitioner relationship Did you know: There is a 19% higher risk of non-adherence among patients whose physician communicates poorly than among patients whose physician communicates well?
  14. 14. 3: Economics (barriers to care)
  15. 15. 4: Inconvenience (interference with existing schedule or lifestyle)
  16. 16. 5: Loss of Motivation (lack of immediate results, external influencers, boredom)
  17. 17. 6: Undesirable Side Effects (emotional discomfort, mood changes, physical effects)
  18. 18. …and that leads to consequences, including:
  19. 19. …relapse, reduced quality of life, and additional health expenses.
  20. 20. As an integrative medicine professional, you know patient adherence is critical...
  21. 21. …which requires early intervention…
  22. 22. …and a multitude of tactics to help educate & motivate patients to stay involved in their plan of care…
  23. 23. …but where to begin?
  24. 24. To find out, download | CULTIVATE HEALTHY PRACTICES | your complimentary eBook at: integrativepro.com/adherence DOWNLOAD HERE

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