Improving Medication Adherence

Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS)

Carl Sirio, M.D., University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA AHRQ Grant No. HS015851-01


The project implements a multi-modal patient medication education intervention to improve safety hospital-wide by involving clinicians and patients during the hospital stay. Drawing on health behavior change theory, the intervention focuses on reducing 30-day hospital readmissions and on improving patient satisfaction and medication adherence. The toolkit promotes a generalizable and sustainable education program with tools and resources that promote structured medication education, administrative support and staff training, and established quality improvement techniques. The toolkit includes:

  • CDs with training materials.
  • Pocket/wallet-sized cards to promote health behavior change guidelines.
  • Classroom training materials.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators, quality and safety professionals, patients.

Health Care Setting

Hospital care units, pharmacies.

Toolkit Web Site

Press Releases

AHRQ Awards More Than $8 Million To Further Implementation of Evidence-Based Patient Safety Findings
June 8, 2005

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Current as of October 2004
Internet Citation: Improving Medication Adherence: Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS). October 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.