A Systems-Level Approach to Improving Medication Adherence in Hypertensive Latinos: a Randomized Control Trial
Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
Behavioral Medicine | Cardiovascular Diseases | Community Health and Preventive Medicine | Health Services Administration | Preventive Medicine | Telemedicine
BACKGROUND: Despite numerous interventions targeting medication adherence in patients with uncontrolled hypertension, practice-based trials in Latino patients are scant.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of a systems-level adherence intervention, delivered by medical assistants (MAs), versus a comparison condition on medication adherence and blood pressure (BP) in 119 hypertensive Latino patients who were initially non-adherent to their antihypertensive medications.
STUDY DESIGN: Randomized control trial.
PARTICIPANTS: Patients (50% women; mean age, 61 years) were recruited from April 2013 to August 2015 in a community-based practice in New York.
INTERVENTION: Systems-level approach that included an office system component built into the electronic health record and a provider support component consisting of nine MA-delivered health coaching sessions for improving medication adherence. The comparison group received the standard health coaching procedures followed at the clinic.
MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcome was rate of medication adherence measured by an electronic monitoring device (EMD) across 6 months. The secondary outcomes were self-reported medication adherence measured by the eight-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8) and BP reduction from baseline to 6 months. KEY
RESULTS: Adherence as measure by EMD worsened for both groups (p = 0.04) with no between-group difference (- 9.6% intervention and - 6.6% control, p = 0.66). While systolic BP improved in both groups, the difference between groups was not significant (- 6 mmHg in intervention vs. - 2.7 mmHg in control, p = 0.34). In contrast, the intervention group had a greater improvement in self-reported adherence (mean change 1.98 vs. 1.26, p = 0.03) when measured using the MMAS-8.
CONCLUSIONS: Among Latinos with poorly controlled BP who were non-adherent to their antihypertensive medications, a systems-level intervention did not improve adherence as measured by EMD nor blood pressure. However, many patients reported challenges to using the EMD. Improvements in self-reported adherence suggest that this measure captures different aspects of adherence behavior than EMD.
CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION: NCT03560596.
medication adherence, hypertension, Latino, team care
DOI of Published Version
J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct 17. doi:10.1007/s11606-019-05419-3. Link to article on publisher's site
Journal of general internal medicine
Schoenthaler A, de la Calle F, Pitaro M, Lum A, Chaplin W, Mogavero J, Rosal MC. (2019). A Systems-Level Approach to Improving Medication Adherence in Hypertensive Latinos: a Randomized Control Trial. UMass Worcester PRC Publications. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05419-3. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/prc_pubs/147