Acceptability of the Medication Adherence for Patients Support intervention to improve adherence to patients prescribed medications for hypertension or comorbidities, as an adjunct to primary care: A qualitative study.

Research paper by Aikaterini A Kassavou, Vikki V Houghton, Simon S Edwards, James J Brimicombe, Ed E Wilson, Simon S Griffin, Stephen S Sutton

Indexed on: 20 Dec '18Published on: 20 Dec '18Published in: Journal of health psychology


Tailored interventions delivered via text and voice messages can improve adherence to multiple medications. However, no such intervention has been developed in the UK primary-care setting. We conducted focus groups with 12 patients with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, or both conditions, presumed to be non-adherent and recruited from deprived neighborhoods, to assess the acceptability and inform the development of an intervention to provide ongoing support for adherence, as an adjunct to primary-care consultations. Patients recommended ways to improve the tailored content and delivery of the intervention; like highly interactive messages to report both medication taking and determinants of medication adherence.