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Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care and Medication Adherence

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Care and Medication Adherence
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Copyright: 2021
Pages: 31
Source title: Design and Quality Considerations for Developing Mobile Apps for Medication Management: Emerging Research and Opportunities
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Kevin Yap (La Trobe University, Australia), Eskinder Eshetu Ali (Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia) and Lita Chew (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3832-6.ch001

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Abstract

Pharmaceutical care is a concept that involves identifying, solving and preventing drug-related problems, such as drug interactions, with regards to a patient's drug therapy. Cancer patients are at high risk of drug interactions due to the complex pharmacological profiles and narrow therapeutic indices of anticancer drugs. Furthermore, these patients tend to consume complementary and alternative medicines, thus predisposing them to a risk of herb-drug interactions. This can impact their adherence to anticancer therapies. Various factors are involved in medication non-adherence, such as the cost of medications and patients' beliefs about the value of their treatments. There is a need to understand the impact of non-adherence and optimize intervention strategies from a macro-, meso-, and micro-level. Chapter 1 introduces the concept of pharmaceutical care and the impact of oncology drug interactions and medication non-adherence in patients with cancer. The chapter will also provide an insight to the factors influencing medication adherence and the intervention strategies that have targeted non-adherence.

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