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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Poor medication adherence has been called America’s other drug problem. This issue attracts attention, resulting in major reports and literature such as the World Health Organization’s Adherence to Long-Term Therapies. Roughly 50% of patients do not take medications as prescribed. Poor medication adherence can lead to unnecessary disease progression and complications. Nurses can favorably impact medication adherence across the healthcare continuum during hospitalization, following discharge, in clinics/offices, and in the community.

A knowledge deficit exists in healthcare as to the causes of medication nonadherence. It is important to understand the causes of nonadherence and methods to help improve medication adherence.

The goal of this course is to inform nurses in the acute care setting about the importance of medication adherence, factors to prevent it, and methods to facilitate it.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of medication adherence and the significance of the failure to adhere to medication regimens.
  • Describe at least four factors that prevent medication adherence in the community.
  • Name at least four methods to improve medication adherence.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 04/01/21

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, Kansas State Board of Nursing, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Michigan Board of Nursing, Mississippi Board of Nursing, New Hampshire Board of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, North Dakota Board of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and West Virginia Board Of Registered Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.