Event Title

Puerto Rico population in Need to Improve Medication Adherence!

Speaker's Credentials

Lillian Arce De Malave, Pharm.D. Mentor

Dianny M Rodriguez Zapata, Pharm.D. candidate 2017

Nichole T Arcelay Feliciano, Pharm.D. candidate 2017

Saryann Gonzalez Collazo, Pharm.D. candidate 2017

Jorge A Quintana Carrero, Pharm.D. candidate 2017

Arlene Nieves, Pharm.D. candidate 2017

Location

Atrium

Format

Poster

Start Date

21-1-2017 11:45 AM

End Date

21-1-2017 12:15 PM

Abstract

Introduction: Pharmacists responsibilities include a range of care for patients: from dispensing medications to monitoring patient’s health and progress, to maximize their response to medications to improve quality of life, and to decrease morbidity and mortality. The Mission of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy (COP) is-To educate professionals who will address the pharmacy-related needs of society. To fulfill its mission, the COP develops programs of innovative teaching and research, which encourage the search for knowledge among students. Purpose: To maintain professional competence, students must learn to identify and analyze emerging health-related issues that might impact patient-specific therapeutic outcomes. A requirement for 3rd year pharmacy students (P-3) enrolled in pharmacotherapy core course (PHA 6630) is to do research and present their project in a poster set-up format. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) define medication adherence as “the degree to which a person’s behavior corresponds with the agree recommendations from a health care provider.” Rate of adherence is usually reported as the percentage of the prescribed doses of the medication actually taken by the patient over a specified period. Non-adherence to medications in patients with chronic disease is one aspect potentially leading to high cost to the healthcare system, treatment failure, decrease quality of life (QOL) and death. Puerto Rico (PR) adherence statistics are limited indicating a need for more research to improve patient adherence to medication to improve quality of life, decrease hospitalizations and ultimately lower cost of medications therapies. At home, patients could be provided with technology to help improve adherence. Methods: 3rd year pharmacy students decided to focus their research on adherence in the PR-population. The researchers perform interviews to: patients, healthcare professionals and caregivers to investigate how to help patients to improve adherence to their medications. In addition, investigators developed a single-questionnaire based on general questions that apply to each one of the participants for additional responses. An online-survey was created including questions regarding the use of their medications. Answers from all the investigation tools used, were collected and analyzed. Results: After collecting all data investigators found that many people forget to take their medications even though they know it is very important to be in control of their health. Conclusion: To improve patients’ adherence, combination of technological products and services are being considered. There is a need that adherence in the P.R. population needs to be assessed further.

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Puerto Rico population in Need to Improve Medication Adherence!

Atrium

Introduction: Pharmacists responsibilities include a range of care for patients: from dispensing medications to monitoring patient’s health and progress, to maximize their response to medications to improve quality of life, and to decrease morbidity and mortality. The Mission of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), College of Pharmacy (COP) is-To educate professionals who will address the pharmacy-related needs of society. To fulfill its mission, the COP develops programs of innovative teaching and research, which encourage the search for knowledge among students. Purpose: To maintain professional competence, students must learn to identify and analyze emerging health-related issues that might impact patient-specific therapeutic outcomes. A requirement for 3rd year pharmacy students (P-3) enrolled in pharmacotherapy core course (PHA 6630) is to do research and present their project in a poster set-up format. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.) define medication adherence as “the degree to which a person’s behavior corresponds with the agree recommendations from a health care provider.” Rate of adherence is usually reported as the percentage of the prescribed doses of the medication actually taken by the patient over a specified period. Non-adherence to medications in patients with chronic disease is one aspect potentially leading to high cost to the healthcare system, treatment failure, decrease quality of life (QOL) and death. Puerto Rico (PR) adherence statistics are limited indicating a need for more research to improve patient adherence to medication to improve quality of life, decrease hospitalizations and ultimately lower cost of medications therapies. At home, patients could be provided with technology to help improve adherence. Methods: 3rd year pharmacy students decided to focus their research on adherence in the PR-population. The researchers perform interviews to: patients, healthcare professionals and caregivers to investigate how to help patients to improve adherence to their medications. In addition, investigators developed a single-questionnaire based on general questions that apply to each one of the participants for additional responses. An online-survey was created including questions regarding the use of their medications. Answers from all the investigation tools used, were collected and analyzed. Results: After collecting all data investigators found that many people forget to take their medications even though they know it is very important to be in control of their health. Conclusion: To improve patients’ adherence, combination of technological products and services are being considered. There is a need that adherence in the P.R. population needs to be assessed further.