Use of Apps to Improve Drug Adherence in Hypertensive Patients
In spite of all the efforts being made by clinicians and by the scientific community, hypertension control is still largely unsatisfactory. Important factors are patients’ resistance to lifestyle modifications and poor compliance with prescribed drug therapy. Digital health solutions have been shown to help improving this situation, with the recent suggestion of major benefits carried by applications for mobile devices (“apps”). Mobile Health (mHealth) solutions help in promoting patients’ health education and in facilitating communications between patients and their doctors. Moreover, when combined with wearable sensors, they offer the possibility of clinically relevant data recording and storage. Furthermore, by taking advantage of effective new communication strategies, mHealth solutions may empower patients’ in their own health management, by facilitating their active participation in health promotion activities and by stimulating effective changes in their behaviour and lifestyles. This may result in an improvement in patients’ compliance with doctors’ prescription, and thus in a better hypertension control.
Even if the actual potential of mHealth solutions in the specific field of drug adherence in hypertension management has not been fully explored yet, the available evidence is encouraging in such a direction, and this technology should be regarded as promising useful tool towards a better hypertension control.
KeywordsSmartphone applications Telemedicine Hypertension management Home blood pressure monitoring mHealth eHealth Telemonitoring Patients’ adherence
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