Skip to 0 minutes and 8 secondsWelcome to this course, which is on medicines adherence, understanding and changing patient behaviour. Across the next two weeks, you'll be exploring the following things. In week one, we're going to be looking at the wide range of factors that influence whether or not a patient takes their medicines. And in week two, we'll go on to look at behaviour change techniques that can be used in the clinical consultation to support adherence to treatment. The lead educators for the course are myself and my colleagues, Dr. Lyndsay Hughes and Dr. Vivian Auyeung. And you'll meet us throughout the course. And you'll also be meeting clinicians and patients who will share with us their real-life experiences of successful and not so successful consultations.

Skip to 1 minute and 3 secondsWe look forward to hearing from you about how you get on with the interactive exercises and videos. And please do use the discussion boards to ask questions and to interact with your fellow learners.

Welcome to Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour

Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicines, John Weinman, introduces us to the course on medicines adherence.

During this two week course, you will develop your understanding of medicines adherence, and reflect on your consultation behaviours, in order to:

  • Critically evaluate emerging practical and theoretical challenges and issues surrounding medicines adherence and behaviour change.

  • Apply evidence-based, individual level techniques, to initiate and support long-term positive behaviour change in consultations about medicine-taking behaviour.

This course has been designed for healthcare professionals. However, we welcome people from every background and have found that the experiences of people with an academic or personal interest in this area including carers, health students and people personally taking medicines for long term conditions greatly adds to the quality and breadth of discussion and learning. You might like to read 6 tips and tools for social learning on FutureLearn to help you get the most out the platform’s social learning features.

The theoretical underpinning of this course is drawn from the pioneering work of Professor John Weinman, Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London and Professor Rob Horne, School of Pharmacy, University of London.

The Medication Related Consultation Framework (MRCF), which underpins Week 2 of this course, is the first consultation framework to focus on medicines. It was developed and validated by Dr Rauja Abdel-Tawab, Dr Delyth James, Dr Andreas Fichtinger, Dr Jane Clatworthy, Professor Rob Horne and Professor Graham Davies.

The following articles are recommended reading for course:

Ahmed, R., & Aslani, P. (2014). What is patient adherence? A terminology overview. International journal of clinical pharmacy, 36(1), 4-7.

Vrijens, B., De Geest, S., Hughes, D. A., Przemyslaw, K., Demonceau, J., Ruppar, T., & Matyjaszczyk, M. (2012). A new taxonomy for describing and defining adherence to medications. British journal of clinical pharmacology, 73(5), 691-705.

World Health Organisation (2003) Adherence to long term therapies: Evidence for Action.

European project for Ascertaining Barriers for Compliance (ABC)

Although reading these publications will deepen your understanding of the issues, we would like to emphasise that they are not essential to the understanding of the course.

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Medicines Adherence: Understanding and Changing Patient Behaviour

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