A CHIBE study published today in Health Affairs found that a refill synchronization program – in which patients received all prescription refills at the same time – increased medication adherence by an average of three to five percent compared to a control group. Researchers found that refill synchronization had the greatest impact on patients who were least likely to take their medication before the intervention, increasing medication adherence in this subgroup by nine to thirteen percent over the control group. “The logistical challenges involved with keeping track of remaining pills and obtaining timely refills and renewals are magnified for patients who need to take multiple medications, and often create an obstacle to medication adherence,” said lead author Jalpa A. Doshi, PhD. The results of the study suggest that syncing prescription refills may be an effective strategy for reducing these obstacles.
Source: Reuters, February 8, 2011
CHIBE researcher Leslie John was interviewed about a Journal of General Internal Medicine article describing a study she lead with co-investigators George Loewenstein, Andrea Troxel, Kevin Volpp and others that compared incentive-based weight loss interventions in obese U.S. veterans. According to John, "people respond more readily to the immediate threat of losing money compared to the distant threat of weight-related health problems." More research is needed to see if weight loss can be sustained over a longer period of time and if the intervention can be implemented in the real world.
A paper published in 2009 in NEJM by Kevin Volpp, Andrea Troxel, Mark Pauly, Henry Glick and David Asch of LDI CHI, Robert Galvin of General Electric, and other colleagues was selected as the most outstanding of the nominated papers for making a contribution to generalist research. The award was presented at the Society’s April annual meeting.
Kevin Volpp, Andrea Troxel, Mark Pauly, Henry Glick, David Asch, Robert Galvin of General Electric and other colleagues received this year’s award for successfully introducing evidence based improvements to employer smoking cessation programs using financial incentives. Dr. Asch accepted the award in London on behalf of the team at a black-tie event.