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Principles and Practice of Medication Adherence Support

Key information

Subject area:

Life Sciences & Medicine

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


8 hours total

Available course dates:

To be confirmed

Course overview

This CPD course addresses a fundamental issue which cuts across healthcare: how to support patients to use treatment most effectively.

The course comprises a short-online module, self-directed reflective practice and a half-day in person training session (available dates listed above). It provides a practical evidence-based foundation for clinicians wishing to understand, identify and address nonadherence to medications.

There are no fixed entry requirements however it is expected that all participants will be healthcare professionals.

This short course includes:

  • A short online module to be completed before attending an in-person training. The online module can be completed at your own time and at your own pace
  • A half-day in-person training session at KCL Waterloo campus. This will be an interactive session within a small group, with video demonstrations, discussions, and role-play. The training session will take place 1 - 5pm and available dates are listed above. 
  • Self-directed reflective practice


What does this course cover?

This course will provide an evidence-based grounding in the extent of nonadherence, patient and clinician factors that contribute to it and strategies to address it.

Attendees will:

  • develop their understanding of nonadherence to treatment and the impacts on patient health and healthcare systems
  • learn about behavioural science relevant to adherence to treatment
  • will be introduced to, and practice using, tools to identify patients at risk of nonadherence
  • will develop skills in key behaviour change techniques relevant to nonadherence
  • explore how these techniques could be used to address issues within their current practice

We aim to develop clinician confidence and competence in identifying and addressing nonadherence. Enabling them to coach their own patients to problem-solve and find solutions.

What will I achieve?

After attending this module it is intended that trainees will be able to

1) describe the extent, impact, and causes of nonadherence

2) use a screening tool to identify patients at risk of non-adherence

3) select and deliver one of five adherence support strategies

4) recognise potential hurdles to identifying and addressing adherence support within their own practice and explore solutions to overcome these.

Who will I learn with?

John  Weinman

John Weinman

Professor of Psychology as applied to Medicines

Sarah Chapman

Sarah Chapman

Senior Lecturer and Centre Manager for CARE

Christina Pearce

Christina Pearce

Teaching Fellow, CARE

Who is this for?

All participants should be qualified healthcare practitioners.

How will I be assessed?

This course is not assessed.

Course status:

Places available

Full fee £250

Reduced fee for KCL and King's Health Partners staff £0

Terms and Conditions

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