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Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour

Initiate and support behaviour change in patients with medicines adherence problems – not taking their medicines as prescribed.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour

Why join the course?

This course has been designed by psychologists and clinicians at King’s College London for people interested in medicines adherence.

Using evidenced-and theory-based techniques, you will deepen your awareness and understanding of current practical and theoretical issues around medicines adherence.

You will become familiar with the COM-B framework and see examples of behaviour change techniques to promote adherence. Learners from around the world will share best practices and discuss the practical examples shown through simulated clinical consultations.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Application of the COM-B Model to identify the wide range of factors driving medicines non-adherence
  • Behaviour change techniques to initiate and support medicine-taking behaviour
  • Simulated patient-practitioner consultations to illustrate the concepts, tools and techniques covered in this course

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Apply a framework to better understand the drivers of medicines non-adherence
  • Apply techniques to effectively support behavior change in medicines taking behaviour
  • Reflect on how to implement these techniques in clinical practice

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals with a role or interest in initiating and supporting positive medicines-taking behaviour change in patients.

Who will you learn with?

Vivian Auyeung

I am a Lecturer in Medicines Use in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King's College London.

Lyndsay Hughes

I am a psychologist specialising in health at King's College London. My research focuses on the adjustment to and self-management of long-term conditions with a focus on treatment adherence.

John Weinman

I am Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicines, in the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King's College London.

Who developed the course?

King’s College London is ranked in the world’s top 20 universities. Based in the heart of London, it is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $89 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

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  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose to take a course for free.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.