CVS Health has released an article about making it easier for patients to prevent and manage chronic disease.
“We know that regular health screenings and proper medication adherence are vital to preventing and managing cardiovascular disease, and can go a long way toward preventing other chronic conditions and improving outcomes for those who have already been diagnosed,” CVS wrote in its post. “While these behaviors are effective, they aren’t always easy: it takes ongoing effort and coordination from both patients and providers, including pharmacists.
A study conducted by researchers from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital and CVS Caremark found patients often get confused and have difficulty keeping their medication instructions straight when they must juggle multiple doctors and multiple medications. CVS believes pharmacists must play an important role in helping these patients manage their health.
“Pharmacists, thanks to their accessibility and frequent interaction with patients, are in a unique position to assist,” CVS wrote. “They help coordinate care with their other health providers, identify red flags early on, and offer solutions such as prescription refill reminders to encourage patients with chronic conditions to stay adherent to their medication and treatment plans, which not only improves health but saves money.”