Medication adherence is integral to patient health outcomes, yet research reveals that more than 60% of patients misunderstood the instructions for properly taking their prescriptions immediately after their doctor's visit. Along with increased patient health risks, the health care industry incurs between $100 and $300 billion in avoidable health care costs due medication non-adherence, comprised of both avoidable hospitalizations and the additional care necessary to control disease progression.
Patient education programs are a critical step for empowering patients to take an active role in their health and wellness by taking their medications correctly. When designing a patient education program, health care leaders should consider four key questions.
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