March 29, 2017 – Patient support groups are a helpful strategy for improving patient health literacy and empowerment, ultimately leading to better health decisions and improved medication adherence, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Low medication adherence plagues chronically ill patients across the country, with most patients taking only about half of their prescribed treatments, the researchers said. This problem presents a significant public health and financial burden on the government.
However, after conducting an extensive literature review and case study investigation, a research team identified patient support groups as one effective method for improving medication adherence.
Patient support groups – or groups of patients tackling and discussing similar health issues – help patients become more educated about and empowered