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Nonadherence to Medications—Reply

Zachary A. Marcum, PharmD, MS1; Mary Ann Sevick, ScD, RN2; Steven M. Handler, MD, PhD3
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1Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2Department of General Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA. 2013;310(14):1506-1507. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277311.
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In Reply Ms Barker and Mr Hollingworth point out the role of behavioral science in offering effective solutions to improve medication adherence by enhancing the identification of nonadherence and sharpening the diagnostic accuracy of the reasons for it. We completely agree with their statements.

Barker and Hollingworth provide examples of interventions, including cue-based reminder devices and incentives, which have shown benefit in improving medication adherence. However, further research is needed to best match such interventions to the populations of need.1


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October 9, 2013
Toby Schonfeld, PhD; D. Micah Hester, PhD
1Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
2University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock
JAMA. 2013;310(14):1504-1505. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277296.
October 9, 2013
Julia A. Glombiewski, PhD; Winfried Rief, PhD
1University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany
JAMA. 2013;310(14):1505-1506. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277299.
October 9, 2013
Corrine I. Voils, PhD; Matthew L. Maciejewski, PhD
1Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina
JAMA. 2013;310(14):1505. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277302.
October 9, 2013
Elizabeth Barker, MA, MSc; Crawford Hollingworth, BA
1Behavioural Architects, Oxford, England
JAMA. 2013;310(14):1504. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277308.
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