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Promoting Medication Adherence in Diabetes

NDEP Medication AdherenceAchieving optimal medication-taking behavior is a collaborative process of communi​cation and understanding between patients and their health care teams. Health care 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 care professionals in promoting medication adherence* among their patients and within their teams. 


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Resources selected are reviewed by independent experts on diabetes care and medication adherence. The National Diabetes Education Program thanks the following people for giving their time and expertise for this project:​

  • 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. Accessed May 20, 2015.​​​​​​​

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