Use key questions to identify recall barriers to adherence as applicable:
- How often do you forget to take your medication(s), or forget whether you have taken your dose(s) that day?
- Are there some medications, such as eye drops, that you forget to take more often than others?
- Is it more difficult to remember to take medications at a certain time of the day, such as before lunch or in the evening?
- What tools or prompts do you use to help you remember to take your medication(s)?
Identify recall barriers due to convenience and medication schedule through key questions if applicable:
- Could you describe your daily medication routine?
- How often do you feel overwhelmed because of the number of medications you take?
Recommend solutions to recall barriers as applicable:
- Consolidate medications into combination dosage forms
- Discontinue unnecessary medications
- Use bottle size, colored dots, or pictures to differentiate administration needs
- Initiate unit of use packaging/compliance packaging
- Provide clear medication box
- Store medications in a single location
- Phone/watch alarms, email, or text message alerts
- Schedule medication with regular activities
- Refill service with reminder telephone call
- Personalized medication schedules or calendars
- Ask family members to assist in medication recall
- Recommends websites to assist in recall barriers