Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes
Achieving optimal medication-taking behavior is a collaborative process of communication and understanding between patients and their health care teams. Health professionals can improve medication-taking behavior in their patients by modifying their approach on an individual and a system level. The National Diabetes Education Program has compiled the resources on this website to support health professionals in promoting medication adherence* among their patients and within their teams.
Tools, such as handouts and websites, for health professionals to share with their patients
Tools, such as videos, presentations, and training guides, for health professionals to modify their practice
Journal articles for health professionals and researchers
We would like to thank:
James Aikens, PhD; John Buse, MD, PhD; Jennifer Bussell, MD, FACP; Eunseok Cha, PhD, MPH, MSN, RN, CDE; Jeffrey Gonzalez, PhD; Yvonne Grant, PharmD, CGP, CDE, BC-ADM; CAPT Christopher Lamer, PharmD, BCPS, MHS, CDE; Chandra Osborn, PhD, MPH; John G. Ryan, DrPH; Monika Safford, MD; David Schwartz, PhD, ABPP; Sean Stewart, PharmD, BCPS, CLS; Elizabeth A. Walker, PhD, RN; Laura Young, MD, PhD.
* The World Health Organization defines adherence as “the extent to which a person’s behavior – taking medications, following a diet and/or executing lifestyle changes – corresponds with agreed recommendations from a health care provider.”
1. World Health Organization (WHO). Adherence to Long-term Therapies: Evidence for Action. WHO website.