Neil H. Baum, MD, presented “Medication Compliance for Urologists (Part 1 of 2)” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in August 2020.

How to cite: Baum, Neil H. Medication Compliance for Urologists (Part 1 of 2)” August 2020. Accessed Mar 2021.

Medication Compliance for Urologists (Part 1 of 2) – Summary:

In the first of a two-part series, GRU Contributing Editor Neil H. Baum, MD, Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana, discusses poor medication compliance, which is linked to 125,000 deaths per year, and what doctors need to do to keep patients safe. He details reasons for poor compliance, including patients trying to save money and confusion due to the multiple medications prescribed, especially for old patients. Dr. Baum suggests supplying patients with a wallet card to list all their medications, checking in with patients with open-ended questions about how they are handling their prescriptions, and providing patients with credible educational materials. He further recommends providing patients with a cost comparison for their medications, helping them save money and avoid non-compliance due to them searching on their own for cheaper options. Dr. Baum also notes that partnering directly with pharmacists can improve adherence by 66%.

For more commentary from Dr. Baum, visit his Improving Your Urology Practice page.