Sponsored by CME Outfitters, LLC
Supported by an educational grant from Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs, Inc.
Specialty: Psychiatric Medicine
Release date: June 28, 2013
Valid through: June 28, 2014
Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists who are interested in or care for liver and kidney transplant patients.
Patients’ adherence to prescribed medication regimens is a challenge in many patients who have a chronic illness and the need for ongoing treatment. Fewer than half of individuals who are chronically ill actually adhere to prescribed medication regimens. Continuity of recommended post-surgical care is especially important in transplantation.(1) Lack of adherence to immunosuppressive medication increases the transplant recipients’ likelihood of graft rejection or failure. Non-adherence can also cause increased health complications, health care costs, and deaths.(2) Adherence to immunosuppressive medication after transplantation is important to maximize good clinical benefits and outcomes; however, adherence remains suboptimal and not well-understood. Clinicians need to proactively partner with patients to educate each other and work together toward patient health and the success of a transplant.
This two-part webcast series will elucidate the barriers and causes of non-adherence to immunosuppressive medication and will offer clinicians timely and appropriate interventions.
All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.
Participants may also be interested in the related course Improving Medication Adherence and Outcomes in Transplant Recipients: The Impact of Medication Nonadherence