Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes

NDEP Medication AdherenceAchieving 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.

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Resources for Patients

Tools, such as handouts and websites, for health professionals to share with their patients

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Resource for Health Care Teams

Tools, such as videos, presentations, and training guides, for health professionals to modify their practice

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Scientific Evidence

Journal articles for health professionals and researchers


This content is provided as a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The NIDDK translates and disseminates research findings through its clearinghouses and education programs to increase knowledge and understanding about health and disease among patients, health professionals, and the public. Content produced by the NIDDK is carefully reviewed by NIDDK scientists and other experts.

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.