February 9, 2016
Patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome randomly assigned to an intervention with community health workers saw improved adherence to medication and diet, increased physical activity and reductions in cardiometabolic risk markers, according to recent study findings.
“Despite the overall high level of adherence, community health worker interventions showed improved adherence to evidence-based drugs,” Denis Xavier, MD, MBBS, MSc, vice dean, professor and head of the department of pharmacology at St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India, and colleagues wrote. “This result is probably driven by the key intervention in the trial, which was for the community health worker to identify barriers related to drug adherence and to help the patient find acceptable strategies to overcome them. Barriers to drug adherence included lack of knowledge, cost of drugs, side effects and insufficient family support.”