Therapeutic adherence: how to find the perfect ally to follow patients?

More and more doctors and pharmacists are paying attention patient adherence to treatment. In fact, it is thanks to this factor that a patient can be monitored and understood if she is following the prescribed treatment in the best possible way.

However, not many know how to be able to convince patients to adhere to the assigned therapy. So here's everything you need to know about why medication adherence matters and what's the best way to monitor it.

What are the savings if the patient follows medication adherence?

First, it is appropriate to recall briefly how much can hospitals save with the right therapeutic adherence. To get a complete picture of the situation, it is good to take an English study as an example reported by Federfarma.

The study, carried out in 2017, reported how the English NHS had saved about 80 million euros over the course of 5 years. A very high figure that has donated great benefits to the entire British health sector.

In addition to this, the study showed that patients who adhered to the therapy thanks to the consultation of the pharmacist had values ​​10% higher than the comparison group. This resulted in further savings 500 million pounds, as the NHS spends a similar amount treating patients who have not received adequate treatment.

In short, if these numbers were also applied in Italy, one could witness one rosy situation in the health sectorcompletely different from what it is now.

What are the dangers of poor medication adherence?

Obviously, several dangers can arise if a patient does not precisely adhere to a therapy. For example, you may attend a rapid deterioration of his conditions and the problems that afflict him will hardly go away.

Furthermore, if you do not adhere to a therapy in the strict sense, you could take drugs in the wrong doses, with dangerous consequences for your body. In the case of the elderly, the consequences could be counterproductive, especially in the case of drug overdose.

On the other hand, if it is respected, therapeutic adherence can give big pluses and can improve one's health, solving or alleviating problems of various kinds.

However, patients may exhibit poor medication adherence for a variety of reasons. Some may be unintentional, because the patient may not understand the treatment or underestimate it. In other cases, they can be intentionali.e. the patient chooses not to follow the therapy for rational or even irrational reasons.

In any case, it is important to monitor how the patient follows the therapy and advise him as soon as gaps in the commitment made are noticed.

What is the solution to medication adherence?

As mentioned earlier, for one to monitor a patient's medication adherence, one physician should remain always in contact with the patient. However, this may be impossible. A doctor has many patients and does not have the material time to follow them.

What can be the appropriate solution? Surely in this case the FarmaInCloud CRM system. In particular, our software allows doctors and pharmacists to follow the therapies of their patients. You can also choose activation only to take advantage of therapeutic adherence.

This is because through the connected system, doctors and patients can easily communicate with each other, using SMS or calls that occur as soon as you follow the therapy. When a patient has taken a medicine as directed, she can notify the doctor or pharmacist and treatment will proceed as planned.

FarmaInCloud can solve the problem of therapeutic adherence and help all your patients. Do you want to find out in detail all the benefits that this CRM can give you? Then contact us now and we'll show you how this adherence solution can make your job easier and make those in your care happy.