How Can Digital Tools Improve Medication Adherence?


Patients’ reports of medication adherence are sometimes inaccurate, but digital tools offer opportunities to collect objective data.

It can be hard to gauge medication adherence when relying only on patients’ self-reported usage. Inaccurate reports can weaken the therapeutic alliance and lead to worse treatment outcomes. Could digital mental health tools provide more objective data, and thereby improve patient care?

In this Mental Health Minute, Alexis Skoufalos, EdD, considers how digital tools might allow patients to track, document, and report outcomes and other measures of care quality. This video builds on her latest study in Population Health Management.

Dr Skoufalos is associate dean and director of the Doctor of Health Science in Population Health at Thomas Jefferson University.

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