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Using Digital Technologies to Improve Treatment Adherence

CASTAÑO, PAULA M. MD, MPH*; STOCKWELL, MELISSA S. MD, MPH†,‡,§; MALBON, KATHERINE M. MBChB, MD

Clinical Obstetrics & Gynecology:
doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3182988a3b
Medical Applications of Digital Media
Abstract

Although health care recommendations should be agreed upon by a patient and her provider, patients cannot always follow these recommendations. Adherence remains low despite decades of research, highlighting the need for innovative approaches to tackle this problem. Interventions to improve adherence can capitalize on our reliance on technology. Digital technology interventions show promise in aiding patients attain and maintain their health care goals, including adherence to medication regimens and vaccination recommendations, receiving necessary treatment, attending appointments, and maintaining healthy behaviors. We present suggestions for clinicians who want to incorporate technologies to help their patients better engage in their health care.

Author Information

Departments of *Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Family Planning

Pediatrics, Division of Child and Adolescent Health

Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

§NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital;

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Adolescent Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York

P.M.C. serves on an Advisory Board for Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc., as a Preceptor for Conceptus Inc., and as an Instructor for Merck Inc. The remaining authors declare that they have nothing to disclose.

Correspondence: Paula M. Castaño, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Family Planning, Columbia University, New York, NY. E-mail: pc2137@columbia.edu

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.