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MULTIMEDIA HELPS

USING A MULTIMEDIA APPROACH MAY CONVINCE PATIENTS TO STICK WITH THEIR MEDICATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS

Using multiple media, Emmanuelle Clerisme-Beaty and colleagues at Johns Hopkins were able to get more people to stick with taking their asthma medication than people who weren’t exposed to this method of education. 

CLERISME-BEATY: The goal was to determine whether or not patient behavior, their adherence to their asthma medication, was impacted by using an educational intervention, a multi media message where the benefit of taking a specific therapy was highlighted.  And it is actually the first study to show that you are able to have an impact on adherence using an intervention that is not very labor intensive.  It highlights foremostly the importance of education in terms of patient education on the benefits of therapy.   :34

Many asthma medications work best when they’re taken regularly but patients often report difficulty doing so.  Developing more effective approaches may help avoid asthma attacks and hospitalizations.  At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.


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