PAM – Programme on Adherence to Medication
Many people with high blood pressure (hypertension) do not take their medication as prescribed. This reduces how well such treatment works, leading to increased heart attacks and strokes. It also means that a lot of medicines are wasted, which costs the NHS several hundred million pounds a year.
GPs and nurses can support patients in taking their medication, but they have limited time and their time is expensive. There is therefore a need for low-cost interventions that help patients to take their tablets as prescribed. A promising approach is to use digital interventions such as text messaging or smartphone ‘apps’.
We are proposing that a digital intervention could be used in combination with a brief face-to-face intervention from the practice nurse or healthcare assistant.
For more details visit phpc.cam.ac.uk.