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Concordance in medicine-taking

Alison Blenkinsopp, Rhona Panton and Claire Anderson

in Health Promotion for Pharmacists

Second edition

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780192630445
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723575 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192630445.003.0006
Concordance in medicine-taking

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Treatment with medicines is an important component of health promotion. However, it has been estimated that patients's compliance with medicine is only around 50%. The term “concordance” describes an agreement between patient and health professional about what action is to be taken. Concordance is based on the principle that patients receive the information that they want and need about medicines and can therefore decide on an informed basis. Central to concordance is an acceptance that an informed patient may decide they do not wish to take the treatment. As the health professional most involved in medicines, pharmacists play a key role in concordance. This chapter explores the meaning of the terms concordance and compliance, what patients want to know about their medicines, and how pharmacists can contribute to concordance.

Keywords: pharmacy practice; pharmacists; patient care; patient compliance; medicine

Chapter.  5342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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