Family & Community Medicine Oct. Grand Rounds: Medication Adherence and Clinical Outcomes

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 12:30pm to 1:15pm

Alvernon Admin Offices
655 N. Alvernon Way
Room 252

Presented by:
Ivo Abraham, PhD, RN
Professor, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice and Science; College of Pharmacy
Professor and Interim Vice Chair of Research, Dept. of Family and Community Medicine; College of Medicine – Tucson

Despite medication adherence being among the most studied health behaviors, patient adherence rates have not improved significantly over the past several decades. While this may be in part due to the difficulty of integrating assessment in daily clinical practice, it may also be due to patients and clinicians not appraising the consequences of (gradients) of non-adherence – from graft rejection in transplant patients to loss of treatment response in leukemia patients. Following an overview of definitions of adherence and statistics of the impact of non-adherence on treatment outcome, this presentation uses some studies as cases and identifies aspects of adherence that can be integrated into daily clinical practice.

A nurse by profession, and an outcomes and effectiveness researcher by trade, Dr.  Ivo Abraham is a professor in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the UA College of Pharmacy. He is also a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine  – Tucson, where he also serves as Interim Vice Chair for Research. A nursing graduate of University College Leuven (Belgium, 1979), he obtained an MS (psychiatric-mental health nursing; 1982) and a PhD (clinical research; 1984) from the University of Michigan. After serving on the faculty of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Virginia, and several years in the private research sector, he returned to academia at the University of Arizona in 2007. Working as a methodologist, Dr. Abraham has been involved in several landmark studies of the effects of non-adherence on clinical outcomes. His current research is focused on the clinical, patient-centric, and economic effectiveness of drug-centric treatment regimens; and on the development of novel economic models for valuing and pricing treatments.

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