After receiving an organ transplantation, patients must follow a strict medication regiment to maintain the health of their transplanted organ. Failure to do so, known as non-adherence, can result in a life-threating illness. This is proven by the study published online on 4 June by the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation. They looked at eight years of data from the Organ Procurement Transplant Network and found that patients who did not adhere to their medication, the risk of mortality was 26 percent within one year and 33 percent within two years.
It’s hard to believe that such a preventable problem is still a serious issue. Because with adherence improvement programs like the PICO, patients can be stimulated to take their medication. We hope to find PICO as part of the treatment support. We also think there’s even a bigger part of this group that isn’t adhering to their meds, but it isn’t registered. With the PICO medication adherence levels can be registered of all patients.
Author: Indy Kavelaars