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Medication Compliance: Measuring Results to Track Compliance

“Tracking that someone with diabetes or hypertension has taken their medicines seems very important, but can’t you get similar – or maybe even better – insights from tracking their results, like their blood glucose levels or blood pressure?”

This interesting and insightful question came from a HealthPoints partner in a discussion about diabetes and hypertension disease management programs. We were talking about how important it is to help a program participant to take their medications correctly – the right dosages as the right times. This comment came after the following question occurred to our partner: “Just because someone takes their medicines doesn’t mean that the dose or type is right for them. Just making sure they take their medicine doesn’t mean that they’re being treated correctly”.

From our team’s experience managing chronic diseases, we would pose that this is indeed an important question – and that the answer is yes: tracking results such as blood glucose and blood pressure can be a powerful way to assess medication compliance and effectiveness.

Lets start with taking a look at most straight medication compliance tracking programs. There are indeed many inventive systems and programs to help make sure that someone is taking their medicine. These range from simple solutions (such as the pill boxes found in many drug stores), to the technologically sophisticated (such as pill boxes that send reminders and dispense medications), to the more intensive personal monitoring (such as programs which text or call people with reminders to take their drugs).

These solutions certainly have a role in disease management, but they don’t absolutely ensure compliance. For example, even with reminders someone could miss taking their medications! They also don’t ensure that the dosage or medication is correct.

So what else can we do? We can track outcomes. For example, if someone’s blood pressures continue to be high, this could mean they aren’t taking their medicines, their medicines need to be adjusted, or they’re not following diet and lifestyle recommendations. Most likely, however, it is some combination of the three. The only way to tease the three apart is to provide a holistic assessment and guidance based on rapid (ideally real-time) monitoring of key biometric measurements.

 Rebecca Dubowy, Chief Medical Officer
 

 


 

 


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