Let’s flip the script on treatment adherence

Treatment adherence is influenced by hundreds of complex, competing factors. It’s no surprise that around 15 to 30% of new prescriptions are never filled.*

Fullscript has compiled expert advice and leading research to help practitioners boost adherence in their practices.

*References available in Fullscript’s Treatment adherence in integrative medicine report

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So, where do we begin?

Start by breaking treatment adherence into three stages.


Identifying and addressing barriers

Adherence rates decline for most patients partly due to factors such as practitioner and patient education, cost, feasibility, and patient readiness to change.


Personalizing treatment

The complexity of adherence requires an individual approach to understanding, identifying, analyzing, addressing, monitoring, and evaluating reasons and solutions for non-adherence.


Measuring and evolving tactics

There are multiple measures to best capture adherence rates and reasons for non-adherence. With the right tools, it’s easier to find interventions to address non-adherence throughout treatment.

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Let's chat about treatment adherence vs. treatment compliance

A vocabulary shift to ‘adherence’ can have a positive impact on adherence itself.


Compliance is often used synonymously with adherence, but implies obedience to the practitioner’s plan, without considering a patient’s preferences.


Adherence shows empathy for the patient’s views and choices, which creates a shared partnership in their well-being and promotes readiness for change.

With a framework in place, start thinking about tactics

Here are five considerations and strategies you can implement today.



Cost is one of the primary barriers to adherence. Use a staged approach to introduce treatments one at a time and set realistic goals in line with financial restrictions.



Be clear about which aspect of the health problem to prioritize. Provide multiple options for increased flexibility.



Educate the patient about treatment options, how they work, their potential side effects, information on the condition, and the importance of adherence.



Try motivational interviewing or other theoretical and evidence-based behavior strategies to communicate a shared value of the patient’s well-being.



Offer multiple, preferred points of contact for treatment reminders, like text messages, emails, phone calls, and applications.


improvement in patient adherence when practitioners are trained in motivational interviewing


improvement in patient adherence with practitioner-targeted communication interventions

Learn more about treatment adherence

Strengthen treatment adherence and stay on top of the latest trends with these resources.

Fullscript’s Treatment Adherence In Integrative Medicine Summary

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