Ask About Medication Side Effects
There are many reasons why patients do not take medications as prescribed or accurately report adherence. The clinician should assess adherence whenever there is concern about a medication’s effectiveness. This chapter demonstrates techniques for asking patients about side effects as a way to evaluate medication adherence in a non-judgmental and exploratory manner. The patient and clinician can then depersonalize the discussion of adherence by asking aloud, together, what barriers might be blocking adherence and what interventions may be useful.