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Improving medication adherence through technology: analyzing the managing meds video challenge

Authors

  • Matthew S. Laffer,

    1. Department of Dermatology, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
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  • Steven R. Feldman

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Dermatology, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
    2. Department of Pathology, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
    3. Department of Public Health Sciences, Center for Dermatology Research, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
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      Steven R. Feldman

      Department of Dermatology

      Wake Forest School of Medicine

      Medical Center Boulevard

      Winston-Salem

      NC 27157-1071

      USA

      Tel: +1 336-716-7740

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      e-mail: sfeldman@wakehealth.edu

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Abstract

Background

Poor adherence to medication is an enormous problem. While many measures to improve adherence have been proposed, patients may be a good source of novel approaches. The Managing Meds Video Challenge was designed, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with the National Consumers League Script Your Future campaign, for patients to create short videos containing ideas on how to better take medications as directed.

Purpose

Determine what forms of technology patients use to help adhere to their medication regimens.

Methods

The 17 available videos from the Managing Meds Video Challenge were analyzed to determine what forms of technology patients use to help adhere to their medication regimens.

Results

Approaches to improve adherence included calendar and reminder applications, and third-party applications such as MedCoach Medication Reminder, Walgreens Pharmacy, and CVS/Pharmacy. Patients also improved adherence by using the Internet to access websites such as www.rememberitnow.com to manage medications, access electronic health records, and to order medications from online pharmacies.

Limitations

This study only analyzes the 17 available videos from the Managing Meds Video Challenge.

Conclusions

Patients are using a variety of technology to manage their medications. They appear to rely primarily on reminder systems.

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