Trials and tribulations with electronic medication adherence monitoring in kidney transplantation

Williams, Allison, Low, Jac Kee, Manias, Elizabeth, Dooley, Michael and Crawford, Kimberley 2016, Trials and tribulations with electronic medication adherence monitoring in kidney transplantation, Research in social and administrative pharmacy, vol. 12, no. 5, pp. 794-800, doi: 10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.10.010.

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Title Trials and tribulations with electronic medication adherence monitoring in kidney transplantation
Author(s) Williams, Allison
Low, Jac Kee
Manias, ElizabethORCID iD for Manias, Elizabeth
Dooley, Michael
Crawford, Kimberley
Journal name Research in social and administrative pharmacy
Volume number 12
Issue number 5
Start page 794
End page 800
Total pages 1
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-09
ISSN 1551-7411
Keyword(s) interventions
kidney transplant
medication adherence
Summary Medication adherence in kidney transplantation is critical to prevent graft rejection. Testing interventions designed to support patients to take their prescribed medications following a kidney transplant require an accurate measure of medication adherence. In research, the available methods for measuring medication adherence include self-report, pill counts, prescription refill records, surrogate measures of medication adherence and medication bottles with a microchip-embedded cap to record bottle openings. Medication bottles with a microchip-embedded cap are currently regarded as the gold standard measure. This commentary outlines the challenges in measuring medication adherence using electronic medication monitoring of kidney transplant patients recruited from five sites. The challenges included obtaining unanimous stakeholder support for using this method, agreement on an index medication to measure, adequate preparation of the patient and training of pharmacy staff, and how to analyze data when periods of time were not recorded using the electronic adherence measure. Provision of this information will enable hospital and community pharmacists to implement approaches that promote the effective use of this adherence measure for optimal patient outcomes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.sapharm.2015.10.010
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1115 Pharmacology And Pharmaceutical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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