What The Heck?
After spending the morning complying with my prescribed treatment by attending a post-op follow-up appointment, I’ve spent most of the afternoon writing a polite rant about a perfectly decent Associated Press story that reports on the disclosure made by The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (which is also, as far as I know, perfectly decent) that noncompliance with treatment is (gasp) a significant problem in this country.
Well, it is nice, one supposes, to have 12,387 studies demonstrating this finding rather than the clearly insufficient 12,386 studies we had a week ago.
But, what next? A study indicating that a significant number of schoolchildren have handicaps that interfere with learning? Or perhaps research that shows those employed in certain occupations have a higher than average risk of injury?
Besides, if the Feds wanted to know about patient noncompliance, why didn’t they just ask me?1
Anyway, check out today’s post, News Flash! U.S. Government Discovers Treatment Adherence Not 100% – War On Noncompliance Declared, on my AlignMap Blog2 to learn about the “‘in your face’ campaign to improve medication adherence” The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality plans to launch and my prescient response, written last year, about why I think it won’t work.
- Or they could have asked any of the hordes of folks doing clinical research on medical compliance, or any officer of a pharmaceutical manufacturer or a pharmacist or any competent clinician who has been in practice more than a month or … , but mostly why didn’t they ask me? [↩]
- AlignMap is my professional web site and blog that deals with – yep – problems with healthcare compliance [↩]