There are many patients with long term medical disorders who don’t follow schedules when it comes to taking their medications. It is also suggested through research that getting people involved in their schedules and empowering them to take medication when it’s time can have a positive impact on health. It can even be more effective than any medical treatment improvements as it has to do with trust.
Why is There a Problem?
Many patients don’t manage their medication consumption on their own. There are factors that come into play here. These factors need to be sorted and the issues resolved. This requires one-on-one time with the patients and their family and any aged care staff and care providers to see what the problem is and how that can be overcome.
The Support Group
If the family is not going to support the patient to take the medicines, who will? Establish a connection of openness with them and find out to what degree they are involved. If they do not know, explain why they were prescribed the medicine in the first place.
This is patient empowerment and gives the rest of the family, friends and support group a reason to help make sure that the patient is taking their medication regularly. Also helping to show them when and how each medicine should be taken so that they help the patient remain on track.
Keep checking with the “support group” to see how well they are receiving the medicine schedule and whether they think it is right for the patient.
The trained nursing professionals are sometimes assigned to a patient when they come in for a visit to the hospital. These nurses can sometimes administer the medicine directly.
Regardless, it’s up to you as the consulting physician to make the move and ask the nurse about what medicines and schedules are being followed by the patient and why. They can help guide you and come up with the right course of action for the patients.
Pill Dispensers are available at different reliable online suppliers for a reason. They are plastic containers with separate slots where medication can be kept. An alarm rings off when it is time for medicine. It even brings up the correct dose for different medications at different times. The doctor can see which medicines need replacement and refill them as necessary. It’s a pretty neat tool to help patients stay on track with their medication.
Nursing Home Contact
If the patient is being or is already referred to a nursing home, it is the job of the doctor to stay in contact with the nursing home to assess the medical and administration needs before any subsequent visits occur.
It’s important to keep tabs on and see how well patients are following the medication plan. This requires effort on your part but is beneficial for the health of the patient.