By: Rithy Horm and Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
To what degree is medication adherence important? The practice of having patients take medicine on a regular schedule is often a battle for healthcare practitioners. However, student pharmacists are quickly taught that medication adherence is an important practice that can create a longer and healthier life for patients.
Across the nation and in partnership with the ScriptYourFuture.org campaign, multiple schools of pharmacy participate in an annual competition to educate the public on the importance of medication adherence. This year LLU School of Pharmacy, in conjunction with the School of Nursing, organized an event in Redlands about medication adherence. The event took place Sunday, February 9, 2014, at the Mission Commons assisted living facility in Redlands, CA.
For students, the learning opportunities covered the routine of an entire patient office visit. From checking the patient into the clinic, blood glucose testing, blood pressure testing, health screenings, medication history review, medication advising, and final assessment, students experienced teachable moments across a patient’s entire health history.
For the pharmacy student, valuable information extended to patients included counseling various health conditions and how medication adherence plays an important role in living a longer, healthier life.
Residents from Mission Commons commented on how pleased they were with the Script Your Future health clinic and expressed gratitude for the time the time and service of the students. One gentleman even asked everyone to stay longer. In a span of 3 hours, a total of 34 patients were screened, and all made a pledge to adhere to take their medication accordingly.
LLU School of Pharmacy students will conduct a follow up with each patient to assess if their medication adherence improved since the event. To be able to work this closely with patients not only gave pharmacy students an unforgettable experience, but a newfound relationship.
“Everyone was so sweet. It’s a great way to hep other with their medications. I’d love to help out again,” said Grace Lee, PY1.
“Interacting with the residents at Mission Commons was such a pleasure. They were so grateful for our services and appreciated our help in improving their medication adherence. I, too, enjoyed hearing about their experiences as they inspired me to also strive for a healthy and happy lifestyle as I age,” said Michelle Adia, PY3
For more information regarding the Script Your Future campaign, please visit www.scriptyourfuture.org.
Photo: L-R LLUSP students Crystal Lestari and Naira Barsegyan assisting residents of the Mission Commons assisted living facility.