Did you know that almost a third of patients in the US don’t take their medication as directed? With over 50% of American adults taking at least one prescription drug, this statistic is concerning. Nonadherence to medication can lead to serious health risks, but what can be done about it? We’ll look at the importance of medication management and how it can help.
What is Medication Management?
Medication management is a system of care for people who take medications for chronic illnesses or other conditions. It includes helping patients understand their condition and medications better, track their progress with treatment, and make sure they take their medications as prescribed. It also involves monitoring patients’ response to treatment and any side effects they may have from the medication.
The Benefits of Medication Management
When done properly, medication management can significantly improve people’s adherence to their healthcare plan. Studies have shown that when patients adhere to their medication plan, they experience fewer hospitalizations, better overall health outcomes, and lower healthcare costs. Additionally, since adherence leads to fewer complications and hospital visits, it helps reduce the burden on an already strained healthcare system.
Furthermore, proper medication management helps empower individuals by giving them more control over their own health decisions. For example, having access to information about side effects or drug interactions allows people to make informed decisions about what medications they want to take or how they want to adjust their treatments. This increased autonomy also gives people more confidence in managing their own chronic conditions and makes them less dependent on medical professionals for advice or guidance.
Improperly managed medications can have serious consequences for both individuals and our healthcare system as a whole. That’s why it’s so important for those on medications—whether it’s a short-term course or long-term condition—to practice good medication management techniques. Fortunately, with today’s technology, there are many tools available that make tracking your medications easier than ever before.
At Aloha Integrative Health, we strive to provide you with the best possible care through our comprehensive approach to wellness, including tailored medication management services designed specifically for you!