The Medicines Partnership programme is a government funded initiative which aims to involve patients in the decision to prescribe. Progressing a concordant approach to prescribing and medicine taking should lead to more appropriate use of medicines.
The programme will be managed by a project team in leading Canadian University that will be named soon. A national task force has recently been appointed, its’ members are drawn from healthcare professions, patient groups and the pharmaceutical industry. The programme will focus on four main issues;
- Communicating with and supporting patients and the public with medicine-taking and helping them to develop an understanding and awareness of their medicines
- Professional education and development, working with pharmacists, doctors and nurses to build and reflect concordance in their work, thus supporting patients with taking their medicines effectively
- Demonstrating the potential for putting ideas into practice and producing measurable benefits by exploring model practices and setting up pilot schemes
- Creating a better understanding of concordance from the patient’s perspective, and measuring the success of the programme through research and development.
Joanne Shaw, Director of the Medicines Partnership Programme, suggests that patients should receive ongoing support throughout treatment. Since the majority of patients with long-term medical conditions are treated by their family doctor the relationship between the patient, the general practitioner and the local pharmacist will be of key importance.
The project team has been set the task of translating the ideal of concordance into everyday practice.