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Define Efficacy for Medication Changes

Understand the Patient’s Goals and How They Will Know If a Medication Change Is Working
WithScott A. Simpson, Anna K. McDowell

Patients request medication changes for a variety of reasons including perceived inefficacy. However, without clear treatment goals, the clinician runs the risk of prematurely ceasing a beneficial treatment or over-prescribing. Clinicians and patients need a shared understanding of how medication changes will be helpful. This chapter reviews a technique for aligning treatment goals around medication changes. Pitfalls in the use of this technique are reviewed.