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 Jul 2024.

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.


Neil H. Baum, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Urology at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a retired urologic surgeon. Additionally, Dr. Baum serves as the Medical Advisor to Vanguard Communications Group. Dr. Baum is the author of Marketing Your Clinical Practice - Ethically, Effectively, and Economically, which is in its 4th edition, has sold over 175,000 copies, and has been translated into Spanish. He also wrote The Complete Business Guide to a Successful Medical Practice, which was published in 2015. Dr. Baum was the columnist for American Medical News for more than 25 years. Dr. Baum also wrote the popular column, “The Bottom Line,” for Urology Times for more than 20 years. He is a requested speaker each year to the Practice Management Seminar for the American Urological Association (AUA), where he discusses techniques for making urology practices more efficient and more productive. He has written more than 9 books on practice management and over 250 peer-reviewed articles on various urologic topics. Dr. Baum is also the medical advisor to Vanguard Communications Group.