Strategies to Improve Treatment Adherence
Nonadherence to treatment plans, including pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical, is a significant problem in health care. Studies suggest that patient adherence can be improved through a combination of education, effective communication and the establishment of trust-building rapport between individuals and HCPs. This activity will identify and address factors that negatively impact adherence to treatment plans and discuss the importance of an interdisciplinary team to implement strategies to improve adherence.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education.
This activity is supported by WYhealth Program, Optum.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of counselors, nurses, physicians, psychologists, marriage and family therapists and other health care professionals (HCPs) who have an interest in treatment adherence.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe factors that positively and negatively influence patient treatment and medication adherence.
- Review the ways that adherence can be improved through a combination of education, effective communication and the establishment of trust-building rapport between individuals and HCPs.
Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MS, MPH
Harbert-Ball Endowed Professor of Medicine
Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
About the presenter
Dr. Jeffrey R Curtis is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist focused on the efficacy, comparative effectiveness, and safety of the medications used to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). He is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and the Co-Director of the UAB Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics Research (PEER) Unit, which uses multiple large data sources to study comparative effectiveness questions across multiple chronic diseases. These data sources include national administrative data from Medicare and commercial health plans, electronic health record data, and large registries. He is the Co-PI of the PCORI-funded Patient Powered Research Network “Arthritis-Power” registry, focused on RA, psoriasis, and psoriatic arthritis. He also leads the multi-center NIH-funded large pragmatic randomized controlled trial “VERVE”, studying the safety and effectiveness of the live herpes zoster vaccine in patients receiving biologic agents. He is a member of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Herpes Zoster workgroup, and in 2015, he was appointed as a member to the FDA Arthritis Advisory Committee. Additionally, Dr. Curtis is board certified in Clinical Informatics.
Sarah Chart, RN
Eden Prairie, MN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Eden Prairie, MN
Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM, OptumHealth Education requires all those in the control of activity content to disclose their relevant financial relationships. An individual has a relevant financial relationship if such person (or his/her spouse/partner) has a financial relationship in any amount occurring in the last 12 months with a commercial interest whose products or services relate to the activity content.
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Ms. Chart and Ms. Gleason have indicated that they are employees of and own stock in UnitedHealth Group.
Dr. Curtis has reported: consultant/research support from Pfizer, Abbvie, Amgen, Janssen, and Bristol-Myers Squibb and research support from Genentech.
The remaining activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit Designation Statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
OptumHealth Education designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.
Counselors, psychologists and/or marriage and family therapists
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.
Participants must have attended the entire web-based activity and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Partial credit is not available.
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 1.00 CE hour.
Counselors and/or marriage and family therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists.
IL: Illinois Dept. of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. One (1) hour.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for one (1) clock hour, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151. One (1) CE hour.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
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- 1.00 AMA
- 1.00 ANCC
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Attendance
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