The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) conducted a study to determine what factors patients took into consideration when deciding to adhere or not adhere to new treatment as prescribed by their physicians. The findings have recently been published in "The 3-Second Adherence Factor" kit administered by AARDA.
The study showed that fifty percent of patients with autoimmune diseases routinely took their medications as prescribed. However, 20-30% of prescriptions were never filled and only 35% of newly diagnosed patients trust their physician's recommendations alone concerning new medications.
The kit is designed, in part, to empower the patient with critical decision making tools so that he or she is able to make educated choices based on the information provided to them. Also included are decision trees that illustrate how autoimmune patients react when offered a new therapy. Will the patient agree with the new prescription or seek another opinion? Do patients research the drug using search engines such as Google or WebMD? Or do they seek guidance from other patients?
The study also showed that once patients understood the benefits and the goal of the treatment, they were far more apt to comply. A focus group of autoimmune patients viewing several vignettes of a physician giving a patient a prescription, indicated by a wide margin that they would adhere to the treatment if the doctor took an extra 30 seconds to explain to the patient the reason for the introduction of new medication in preventing or modifying the disease, patients would comply with their recommendations.