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Clear communication about a medication's pluses and minuses leads more patients to comprehend what a pharmaceutical can do for them, but this greater understanding may not translate into better compliance, according to a pair of recently published studies.
"It's disappointing, but not that surprising. There's probably a lot of work to do systematically to really improve adherence," said Ruth Parker, MD, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She also is a member of the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Health Literacy.
Advocates for improving the ability of patients to understand their health care needs have long complained that prescription drug labels are written at too high a reading level and lack consistency. Retailer Target's "ClearRx" prescription bottle with color-coded rings and easy-to-read instructions received much praise when it was launched in May 2005.
But a study published online Feb. 27 in the Journal of General Internal M ...
Washington -- With each new insight about asthma, it becomes increasingly clear how much remains unknown. That message was one of the themes at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's annual meeting.
"Asthma is a diverse, complicated disease with many presentations, outcomes and variability in responses to treatment. It's not just one disease," said William Busse, MD, chair of the Dept. of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Public Health. He was speaking at a news briefing during the meeting held in Washington, D.C., March 13-17.
Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath are all common factors, but the interplay of allergens and responses to medications varies dramatically. With triggers including cats, cockroaches, stress and obesity, treatments often must be tailored for each patient.
The difficulties doctors and patients face in striking this chord are demonstrated by statistics. For instance, asthma continues to be one of the m ...
Reps. John Fleming, MD (R, La.), and Parker Griffith, MD (D, Ala.), at first seem to have little in common other than their medical degrees and the fact that they were both sworn in as first-time congressmen in January.
Dr. Fleming's solidly conservative platform, lack of political experience and reserved manner set him apart from Dr. Griffith, a high-energy former state senator looking for the right patch of moderate political ground.
But there are similarities. Both Dr. Griffith, a retired radiation oncologist, and Dr. Fleming, a family physician, ran for Congress largely because they believe the U.S. health system is failing to deliver enough preventive care. Both run small businesses in their districts, and both have similar advice for physicians: Become more politically active and sharpen your business skills.
Dr. Griffith and Dr. Fleming are two of the four new physicians who took seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in January. Voters also elected Bill Cassidy, MD ...