Ask About Adherence is a blog series featuring Q&A’s with experts and new medication adherence resources. In this post, we spotlight a new website from The Medication Adherence Alliance, an organization comprised of representatives from consumer advocacy groups, community health providers, non-profit groups, the academic community, decision-making government officials and industry representatives.
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Launched in early 2016, The Medication Adherence Alliance’s new website serves as a comprehensive repository of up-to-date adherence resources. From patient tools to new research findings to updates on related policies, the website provides a wealth of information for the health care community on medication adherence. Features include:
- Patient and Provider Toolkits: Including a variety of products patients and providers can use to encourage medication adherence;
- Adherence Facts: Key information for all members of the health care community;
- Promising Practices: A compilation of current practices, as well as practices under development, that aim to help patients remain adherent; and
- Research Compendium: Consisting of original research, reviews and meta-analyses and commentaries.
As an additional resource, The Medication Adherence Alliance, with representatives from the PhRMA Foundation, Duke University and Prescriptions for a Healthy America, is organizing an upcoming conference, “Suboptimal Medication Use and Population Health – Intersection of Research, Implementation, and Policy Conference” to be held later this year in Washington, DC.
The conference will assemble a variety of stakeholders representing diverse backgrounds – including payers, patients, researchers, policymakers and government officials – to identify and disseminate practical and effective strategies to improve population health through better medication use. Sessions will focus on the use of health information technology, successes and challenges around adherence programs, the role of policy, and measurement and quality improvement, among other topics.
Additional details will be available on The Medication Adherence Alliance’s website as the conference nears.
Samantha Dougherty Samantha Dougherty is a senior director of policy and research at PhRMA. Her primary role is to develop and manage a broad portfolio of research projects related to the use and value of medicines. She has authored and been involved in numerous academic and non-academic projects that have been published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at scientific conferences. Samantha also serves as a lead subject matter expert on cost savings from use of medicines, evidence related to adherence, productivity and achievement of better outcomes. She received a B.S. in Economics from the University of Maryland College Park and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Health Services Research from the University of Maryland Baltimore.