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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.

3,571 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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

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.

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

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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