Medication management is a common barrier to high blood pressure control.
In fact 25% of individuals never fill their initial prescription, and in the
first year of treatment, the average individual has possession of their
medications only 50% of the time. There are numerous factors that contribute to
non-adherence: inconsistent providers for individuals who go to the emergency room
for their care, provider level barriers such as limited communication skills, and
at the patient level, the cost of medications. In my research I'm
partnering with patients, healthcare providers, and communities to identify
more effective models of care, improve medication adherence, and ultimately
reduce their risk for heart attack stroke and other consequences of
uncontrolled high blood pressure.