Improving medicine adherence to optimise outcomes

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He Ako Hiringa
24 May 2021
Bulletin #3

Compliance, adherence, concordance – confused?

Whatever terminology is used, studies show that differences in health literacy, medicines access, attitudes to health and prescriber perceptions, may contribute to sub-optimal use of medicines and poor health outcomes.1

Read the HAH Bulletin to find out about strategies to improve medicine access/supply.


1. Chapman H. Nursing theories 4: adherence and concordance. Nursing Times, 15 January 2018.

2. Chepulis L, Mayo C, Morison B, et al. Metformin adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes and its association with glycated haemoglobin levels. J Prim Health Care 2020;12(4):318–26