What helps the medicine go down?

The Centre for Adherence Research and Education (CARE) is being set up to improve awareness of medication non-adherence and recommend new approaches to help patients engage with treatment.

Care graphic part 1Recent National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance estimated that between a third and a half of all medicines prescribed for long‑term conditions are not taken as recommended. This leads to worse health outcomes for the patient, as well as increased costs for the NHS.

CARE has been set up to bring together insights from adherence research to create training, tools and materials to improve medication adherence for application in clinical settings.

Read the full CARE infographic.

Professor John Weinman, Professor of Psychology as Applied to Medicines at King’s College London, said:

CARE gives us the opportunity to co-ordinate the wide range of our current research into a core programme and enables us to translate our research insights into healthcare professional training and improved patient outcomes.

Dr Christina Jackson, Programme Manager at CARE, said:

Non-adherence contributes to 200,000 premature deaths and costs an estimated €25 billion per year in Europe. With the right training and materials healthcare professionals can improve adherence. CARE has been set up to develop, test and disseminate training and materials in order to improve adherence and ultimately health outcomes.

Find out more about CARE on the King’s Health Partners website.