Improving Hypertension _ Diabetes Control and Prevention
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want to improve patient medication adherence rates?: Tailoring your Communication Could be the Solution   

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Research shows that up to half of medications are not taken as prescribed. One Vermont-based practice focused on improving its communication with patients to improve medication adherence. The practice developed a set of seven key questions and six recommended communication techniques that helped to improved adherence. Read more in this American Academy of Family Practice web article.
Talk Before You Take
The Talk Before You Take campaign addresses communication gaps and encourages informed patient and healthcare provider engagement and conversation about medicine uses, anticipated benefits and potential risks. This research-based program was created by BeMed Wise at NeedyMeds (formerly National Council on Patient Information and Education) and offers free, downloadable education tools in English and Spanish designed to promote effective patient-provider communication about prescriptions. Incorporating these tips will help your patients improve medication adherence, understand side effects, avoid adverse drug reactions, and live healthier lives.

The Value of Assessing Health Literacy
Assessing a patient's health literacy, defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions, can be a vital first step in gauging what type of communication will best meet the needs of the patients.

Consider these resources to learn more about how you can incorporate health literacy in your practice:

med adherence tip sheet Million Hearts® 2022a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes within five years, supports the implementation of a small set of evidence-based priorities and targets that can improve cardiovascular health for all. 
One area of focus for this campaign is medication adherence. High adherence to antihypertensive medication is associated with higher odds of blood pressure control, but non-adherence to cardioprotective medications increases a patient's risk of death from 50% to 80%. 
As a health care professional, you can empower patients to take their medications as prescribed. Effective two-way communication is critical; in fact, it doubles the odds of your patients taking their medications properly. 
Million Hearts® 2022 encourages the use of the SIMPLE method to help improve medication adherence among your patients with hypertension. Download the Medication Adherence Tip Sheet to learn more.
diabetes education program: Resources your practice can use to  Develop a Diabetes Self-Management and Support Program  

diabetes icon American Diabetes Association (ADA) and American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) describe two types of accredited/recognized programs to help you meet your patients' diabetes education needs. Each DSMES program is assigned as a primary multi-site with one program coordinator, and additional sites can be added as multi-site or expansions. Details and frequently asked questions are available from the ADA and the AADE

Contact your Quality Insights Practice Transformation Specialist for additional assistance.
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For more details about the Improving Hypertension and Diabetes Care & Prevention project, please contact Ashley Biscardi, Sarah Toborowski, and Danielle Nugent.
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This publication was supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number NU58DP2018006563 from the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 
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