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Evidence-based mHealth Adherence-related Interventions

  • November 2015

Miki Peer Medical Science Liaison, MEMOTEXT                           Journal for Patient Compliance,       Volume 3 Issue 1 2013

Adherence is Transdisciplinary, Perhaps Even its Own ‘Discipline’

The issue of patient adherence is complex and involves interacting dimensions of patient-related factors, social/economic factors, condition-related factors, therapy related factors, and health system/healthcare team factors1. In other words, the nature of the adherence beast is multi-faceted and inherently interdisciplinary. Expert advice informing best practices to improve
patient adherence is needed from healthcare-related clinicians (doctors, nurses, pharmacists), mental health experts (psychologists, psychiatrists), sociologists, social workers, epidemiologists, health-related researchers, and policy-makers (among others). A more appropriate term for how adherence should be properly viewed then may be transdiciplinary. That is, adherence requires a holistic approach, one that seeks to integrate knowledge from all related disciplines into a coherent whole.

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