Improving Medication Adherence

Partnerships in Implementing Patient Safety (PIPS)

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

Overview

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

http://www.ccm.upmc.edu/epitome/

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. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/pips/sirio.html