From the previous edition:
“In the following pages, you are in for a treat. You are about to enter the very soul of what we do, and you could not find a better guide . . . . destined to fill a giant void in the training of all medical and nursing students, as well as becoming a classic read for experienced clinicians in search of the art of medicine. My advice is simple – read it.”
Former Surgeon General of the United States (1981-1989)
C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Senior Scholar, C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth
“As an endocrinologist I can safely say that the secret to treating diabetes lies within the pages of this book, for the secret of successfully treating diabetes – as well as all other serious diseases – lies in improving medication adherence. No book provides better answers to this vexing problem. Laced with humor and compassion it is a fun book, a rare clinical gem, highly recommended for all generalists, specialists, nurses, case managers, and medical, nursing, and clinical pharmacy students. I read it carefully – twice.”
George F. Cahill, Jr. M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
Past President, American Diabetes Association
“A bright and refreshing writing style, packed with unusually insightful interviewing tips. Medication issues are central, complex, and controversial in the era of evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making; and Dr. Shea’s book is simply the best resource available on communicating with people about their medications.”
Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD
Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry
Dartmouth Medical Schools
“A valuable book for even the most experienced clinician from primary care to endocrinology. Dr. Shea brings rich insights to a topic (what words we choose as we introduce medications and address their side-effects), that is seldom discussed in training. He reminds us that our words are as important a part of the pharmacopoeia as the medications themselves.”
John F. Steiner, MD, MPH
Director of the Colorado Health Outcomes Program
Professor of Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
University of Colorado
“Shawn Shea, a rare Lincolnesque physician, wrassles to the ground the tough problem of improving medication adherence . . . . written with gimlet-eyed clarity and eloquence – this book is a boon for any clinician.”
Mack Lipkin, MD
Founding President of the American Academy on Physician
Professor of Medicine
NYU Medical Center
Score: 66 - 2 Stars
MaryAnn Frances Troiano, DNP (Monmouth University School of Nursing and Health Studies)
This book describes in detail how to interview patients about the interest, need, adherence, and efficacy of medication use for various diseases and ailments. An accompanying eBook is easy to download and easy to follow. The previous edition was published in 2006.
The main purpose is to avoid treatment failure for diseases resulting from patients not taking their prescribed medications. Acknowledging the prevalence of patient nonadherence and nonutilization of medications, the book provides a motivational model for improving medication adherence through interviewing techniques. Various concepts such as the Choice Triad are discussed. Although the book is presented in both print and eBook formats, some illustrations, diagrams, or tables would have been helpful.
The audience is healthcare providers, including students, residents, and practitioners. The author notes the need for interaction, understanding, and collaboration between the patient and the healthcare provider. The book provides a number of methods that promote safe, adherent, and collaborative information that enable positive dialogue between patient and healthcare provider. There is a wealth of information on interviewing processes, but there is some redundancy in several chapters.
The book examines the lack of interaction between healthcare providers and patients about taking medications. It thoroughly explores various reasons why patients do not take their medication and provides several methods to deal with this. The author provides motivational, proven interview techniques to talk with patients about their medications. The book is well organized. It begins with identifying the problem and, in several chapters, reviews why patients do not take their medications. The second part then reviews interviewing techniques and strategies that work. Part three covers various specialized topics including culture, religion, family, and the digital world. Although there are no illustrations, several chapters present a dialogue between a provider and a patient that highlights major points and legitimize the importance of the interview process.
This book can be useful for practitioners who have not perfected the art of interviewing a patient. It also updates practitioners on how to address the medication problem of adherence and nonadherence. It details important aspects related to why patients do not take medications and various interviewing techniques and strategies that can be useful in addressing this problem. The book is updated with some new concepts, particularly related to cultural beliefs and the digital age.