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How can we improve adherence?

dianagosalvez Diana Gosálvez Prados last modified 26/02/2016 11:33

Many patients with wound healing difficulties are also coping with the management of a chronic disease or chronic condition that requires them to make lifestyle behaviour changes, for example, managing glucose levels through diet and exercise and regular foot inspection.

Price P. How can we improve adherence?. Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2016 Jan;32 Suppl 1:201-5. Available at: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dmrr.2744/abstract;jsessionid=4DB757D68EBEBF59D45239571DF79B6F.f01t04



Many find it difficult to make such changes and often experience feelings of powerlessness when faced with a lifetime of behavioural and psychological change. This article will explore the importance of understanding the patient difficulties associated with adherence to a regime and how life changes can be difficult to maintain over sustained periods of time. However, the article will also discuss the importance of this topic in trying to understand the clinical evidence base for treatment - as many clinical trials investigating treatments for the diabetic foot do not include information on the extent to which patients in the trial conformed to the trial protocol. The article gives an overview of recent developments - including lessons we can learn from other chronic conditions where permanent life changes are required - in particular the need to keep health messages simple, tailored to the individual and repeated frequently. The evidence to date suggests that no one single form of adherence intervention will work with all patients; this is not surprising given complex and multifactorial nature of adherence and the myriad of barriers that exist that patients and health care professionals need to overcome.

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