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The Role of Health Information Technology in Supporting Medication Adherence for People with Memory Disorders

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A recent review delves into the role of health information technology (HIT) in helping patients with memory issues adhere to their medication and therapy routines. The study also scrutinizes the factors that influence the success of technology-based adherence interventions. The review process involved a thorough search of relevant literature up until March 15, 2023, focusing on the use of technology to bolster adherence among patients with various memory issues.

Individuals with memory disorders often struggle to adhere to treatments, creating a critical need for innovative solutions. Technological advancements provide promising support, particularly in the realm of health information technology. The potential of HIT to enhance medication adherence among these individuals is a subject of ongoing exploration.

After a meticulous examination of 3,773 articles, 15 studies were chosen for inclusion. The methodological quality of these papers, as assessed, ranged from 80 to 100%, with eight studies earning perfect scores. The studies, overall, did not exhibit a high risk of bias, making them suitable for inclusion. The technologies under investigation were divided into four categories based on their impact: therapeutic patient education, simplification of treatment regimens, early follow-up visits and short-term treatment goals, and reminder programs.

Health Information Technology

Health Information Technology-Based Solutions for Medication Adherence in Memory-Impaired Patients

The studies reviewed featured a diverse array of technologies, including automatic drug dispensers or boxes, mobile health-based interventions, game-based interventions, e-health-based interventions, patient portals, and virtual reality. The factors affecting patients’ adherence to technology-based treatment and medication were grouped into two main categories: human-computer interaction and integration challenges.

The study adds to the existing body of literature by categorizing the technologies that have proven effective in aiding medication adherence among patients with memory issues into four groups. Additionally, it reveals and discusses the potential limitations of current solutions, providing valuable insights to steer future research toward enhancing care for individuals with memory disorders.

 

Original Article DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1776792

Original title: Health Information Technology Supporting Adherence Memory Disorder Patients: A Systematic Literature Review

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