Spring is finally here! It’s time to say goodbye to the cold weather, get outside, and shake off our cabin fever. Unfortunately, it is also time to say hello to spring allergies. Your patients are craving some sunshine, and with your useful advice on fighting seasonal allergies, they can enjoy more of it.
Understanding patient barriers to adherence is a key starting point for improving outcomes—particularly for diabetics. Those barriers come in many flavors: access, habit, health literacy, behavioral health issues, even cultural variances in how a patient views health practices and the US health system as a whole. It’s a nagging problem, as is evidenced by the continued relevance of this decade-old list of barriers and strategies for overcoming them. Hosted by Pharmacy Times magazine, a panel of care providers studying collaborative care in diabetes management recently came up with this practical suggestion: explain exactly what is in an injectable, how it works, and why it is important. Then, do the first injection with a patient in the office or pharmacy.