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The Power of Patient Activation: Part Three

By AmerisourceBergen

In the final installment of our three-part series on medication adherence, we share a case study from Lash Group’s patient-centric approach to improving activation.

The Power of Patient Activation

Real-world Results

A group of patients suffering from a chronic condition was prescribed an injectable medication to treat the condition. The product manufacturer partnered with Lash Group to provide manufacturer-sponsored patient support services to these patients.

The Challenge: Move Patients from PAM® Level 2 to 3

When the patients first began receiving adherence support services from Lash Group, these patients measured at PAM level 2 with an average PAM score of 41.7. To reach a suitable level of activation, the program focused on moving patients from PAM level 2 to 3.

To move patients to the next PAM level, the clinical support team needed to address the following barriers:

  • More than 1/3 of patients had a therapy-related barrier (technique of self-injection, impact to daily lifestyle, duration of treatment regimen)
  • Approximately 1 in 6 patients had condition-related barriers (understanding and management, severity of symptoms, challenges with depression or stress)
  • 1 in 7 had a behavior-related barrier (lack of understanding of importance of long-term medication use when condition being treated is asymptomatic)
  • 1 in 8 had a socioeconomic barrier (low income, health literacy)

The Approach: Improve Activation with Patient-centered Support

To resolve these barriers and move patients forward, Lash Group’s clinical support team had access to the following types of interventions:

  • Coaching patient through gaps in knowledge or literacy
  • Discussing solutions for administration
  • Educating family members about how to support the patient
  • Introducing reminder strategies, such as calendars, phone reminders and pill boxes, to stay adherent
  • Exploration of patient’s understanding of condition and product
  • Providing financial assistance as identified through assessment

The Results: Improved Activation

Upon reassessment, patients improved their PAM score by 15.5 points, on average, and moved from PAM level 2 to 3.

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