Phone Outreach Study Finds No Significant Improvement in Diabetes Medication Compliance
A recent AHRQ-funded study found that patients with diabetes did not improve their medication compliance after a phone call from a diabetes educator or pharmacist. The study, “Randomized Trial of Telephone Outreach To Improve Medication Adherence and Metabolic Control in Adults With Diabetes,” was published with an abstract online October 14 in Diabetes Care. The study included 2,378 adults with diabetes mellitus who had recently been prescribed a new class of medication. In a randomized trial, some patients received one scripted telephone call from a diabetes educator or clinical pharmacist to discuss adapting to the new medication. This intervention did not significantly improve medication adherence among patients, regardless of age, sex or race/ethnicity. Because nonadherence to medication is a major obstacle to better control of glucose, blood pressure and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol in adults with diabetes, the study noted, more research is needed to identify effective strategies to increase medication adherence.
Diabetes Care. 2014 Dec;37(12):3317-24. doi: 10.2337/dc14-0596. Epub 2014 Oct 14.
Randomized trial of telephone outreach to improve medication adherence and metabolic control in adults withdiabetes.
O'Connor PJ1, Schmittdiel JA2, Pathak RD3, Harris RI4, Newton KM5, Ohnsorg KA6, Heisler M7, Sterrett AT8, Xu S8, Dyer WT2, Raebel MA8, Thomas A9,Schroeder EB8, Desai JR6, Steiner JF8.
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