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Expert Insight Into the Use of eHealth Interventions to Aid Medication Adherence During COVID-19

HumanInsight Expert Insight Into the Use of eHealth Interventions to Aid Medication Adherence During COVID-19

Patient Prefer Adherence. 2024 Mar 21;18:721-731. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S437822. eCollection 2024.


BACKGROUND AND AIM: The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed the way healthcare is delivered by the increased utilisation of eHealth tools to deliver remote patient consultations. These eHealth tools served various functions during COVID-19 including monitoring and surveillance of patients. Therefore, assessment of digital health interventions for monitoring medication adherence is crucial to maximise the potential benefits of eHealth. The aim of this study is to understand the perspectives of experts in medication adherence around eHealth interventions used to aid adherence during COVID-19.

METHODS: The study was exploratory and utilized a mixed-method approach. Data was gathered from a survey distributed by the International society for Medication Adherence, and from arranging subsequent structured interviews. Purposive sampling was used to collect data from individuals who were rich in knowledge about the field of medication adherence. Template analysis was used to analyse the collected data.

RESULTS: Twenty-one participants responded to the survey and 6 completed the interviews. Results showed that eHealth tools reduced barriers to medication adherence by improving health literacy of patients. The main strengths of eHealth technology used in COVID-19 highlighted by participants were convenience and user empowerment. Moreover, weaknesses and barriers included lack of cooperation between technology providers, lack of awareness of doctors about eHealth and patient's digital health literacy.

CONCLUSION AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS: The increased utility of eHealth tools during COVID-19 highlighted their vital role in aiding medication adherence of patients. These technologies have both decreased and increased barriers to medication adherence through numerous ways. Future directions should focus on gaining the perspectives of patients on the use of eHealth interventions and its role in aiding medication adherence.

PMID:38529042 | PMC:PMC10962456 | DOI:10.2147/PPA.S437822

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