Wellness Works!

February 2015

Can Wellness Coaches Impact Medication Adherence?

One of the most identifiable gaps in care is medication adherence. This is an area where Wellness Coaches/ Disease Management Specialists, hired by employers, have the potential to impact the employer’s population to change behaviors.

Because most physician office visits today are limited to fifteen-twenty minute appointment slots, there is just not enough time for each patient. Unfortunately, the physicians don’t take the time to explain each prescribed medication and the potential side effects. Most patients can’t even tell you what condition each medication they are taking is for.

This is where the role of the Wellness Coach/Disease Management Specialist becomes extremely valuable. They have the time to do the patient education that is lacking in the physician’s office.

There are basically three reasons why people are non-compliant with their medications:

• They forget
• Side Effects
• Financial