COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia say the best way to get patients to take their medication properly is to make it part of their daily routines and get supportive people to offer reminders.
The school says in a news release that educating patients about the dangers and potential costs of taking medications improperly is not enough to change their behavior.
Associate nursing professor Cynthia Russell says patients need practical ways to adhere to their medication regimens, like putting pills next to the coffee maker as a reminder to take them each morning. Another idea is using technology like cell phones or computers to set reminders to take medications.
An article about the approach has been published in Nursing Clinics of North America.
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