Study explores a novel way to convince people to take their medicine

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saffordUAB researchers will work with community partners in Black Belt counties to reach diabetics in denial and use personal stories and coaching to demonstrate that their lives can be full if they take their medication as prescribed.

This could be a major shift in the approach used to help patients commit to taking medication and reduce health disparities in under-resourced areas, according to Monika Safford, M.D., professor medicine. “If the program works, it could potentially be implemented in any health-care setting where community health workers are integrated.”

The study is funded by a a three-year, $2 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.