Medication adherence strategies in older adults

Julie B. Boron, Wendy A. Rogers, Arthur D. Fisk

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Medical advancements, including medications to manage disease, have contributed to increased longevity. Because medical products contribute to increased longevity, medication adherence is important for the older adult population. Proper adherence not only contributes to quality of life physically, but also to decreased health care costs. Effective support systems to facilitate maintenance of medication regimens are necessary. Knowledge of the popularity of strategies employed by older adults can inform the design of support systems. In a survey of 366 adults aged 60 to 80 we found that older adults use multiple strategies, and these strategies are most effective when in their normal routine. Thus support systems should incorporate and facilitate the use of multiple strategies. Moreover, support systems are needed for adherence to medication regimens when people are outside of their routines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, HFES 2006
PublisherHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780945289296
StatePublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2006 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 16 2006Oct 20 2006

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
ISSN (Print)1071-1813


Other50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, HFES 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics


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