Is disruptive health technology misbehaving?

Artificial intelligence, robotics, and nano-devices, among other rapidly expanding technologies have an overwhelming potential to shape many aspects of our not too distance future, not least our medical care. With somewhat ease, we can now visualize a future with...

Pharmacy – it’s an open-door policy for patients

Pharmacists and medicines go hand in hand, so it’s no surprise that assisting patients with medicines is what pharm-assist are best at. The thing with medicines is that despite how good they are, they work most effectively only when they are taken as prescribed. The...

Informed Consent – How much is too much?

Can too much information be harmful to your health? Informed consent is at the heart of many ongoing debates that seek to answer this question. Informed consent refers to the permission granted in full knowledge of the possible consequences. Typically, it relates to...

Importance of the person-centred approach

As the world becomes increasingly entrenched in big data, one must stop and ask – what will happen to our individuality? This 2-minute whiteboard video will discuss these issues and highlight the importance of the person-centred approach. Author Profile: Amy Chan More...

Adherence: transforming cure into care

Within the field of medical adherence, we become equipped with the phrases to explain the importance of what we do. We learn the chorus: approximately 50% of patients do not take medicines they are meant to; communication barriers between clinicians and patients can...

Empowering patients: Better Health Outcomes through Adherence

In a previous blog we introduced the concept of the 4-state Necessity beliefs and Concerns Framework (NCF)™ map as a way of “visualising” patients’ likelihood to adhere to their treatment. Using the same NCF, this time we are focusing on patient’s treatment-related...

How predictable could patient’s adherence to treatment be?

Patients taking medications to manage their long-term conditions show different attitudes over time. We have demonstrated time and again that patient’s motivations to adhere to their treatment obey to their necessity beliefs and concerns regarding their medication and...

PAPA™: Don’t Preach

The Perceptions and Practicalities Approach (PAPA™) works by conceptualising nonadherence as a complex behaviour. A complex behaviour can have multiple causes, in the same patient, at any one time. Those causes can be intentional, when the patient actively chooses not...