Rising Cost of Nonadherence
Nonadherence to medication is a serious and pervasive problem across healthcare, and the backdrop of workers’ compensation presents unique challenges to treatment management. The nature of injuries and their associated medications – which include opioids and other products with abuse potential – open the door for aberrant drug behaviors. These behaviors may include selective adherence or chemical coping, as the patient relies on these drugs to relieve symptoms or emotional stress of injury, while abandoning medications that can better restore functionality. Consequences of nonadherence include delayed return to work, poor health outcomes, and higher costs for the payer.
Healthesystems examines the key drivers of nonadherence in workers’ comp, solutions for monitoring adherence, and the shared responsibility of managing treatment in the Fall 2014 issue of RxInformer clinical journal, available at booth #1423.
For insights on other trending topics in workers’ comp, visit the new RxInformer website at www.healthesystems.com/rxinformer.