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A review on interventions to improve medication adherence in people with multimorbidity

A systematic review on pragmatic interventions to improve medication adherence in people with multimorbidity

What we are doing:

The aim of this systematic review is to collate all the available evidence on effective pragmatic interventions to improve medication adherence in people with cardiometabolic morbidities namely type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and to develop a consensus approach on pragmatic interventions that may improve medication adherence in this vulnerable group of patients.

Why we are doing it:

The Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that approximately £300 million is wasted every year in the UK on unused medications. Depending on the underlying conditions, the prevalence is approximately 30% to 60%. This is particularly higher in people with multimorbidity and impairment of cognitive functions. From this study commissioners will be able to identify barriers and facilitators to medication adherence in this population. 

What the benefits will be:

The evidence can be used to develop an evidence-based, pragmatic approach in tackling the issue of medication non-adherence in people with multi-morbidity. 

Who we are working with:

  • NHS Leicester City CCG
  • Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust

Study Lead:

Name: Professor Kamlesh Khunti

Role: Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine

Organisation: University of Leicester

Contact:

Claire Fitzpatrick, Rcf16@le.ac.uk