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Lack of medication adherence has been shown to negatively affect medical outcomes, and result in higher hospitalization rates and increased healthcare costs. Several interventions have been presented in the literature. In this paper, we evaluate an intervention for medication adherence based on rewards and punishment. We use an analytical model to study the level of medication adherence for different probabilities of taking medications due to rewards and punishment. Our results show that a combination of different probabilities of taking medications in the first and second windows can lead to the desired adherence. We are currently identifying the best combinations of these probabilities based on different criteria including minimal cost. More work is needed in estimating the total rewards and cost savings due to the intervention.

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Aug 10th, 12:00 AM

Studying the Rewards in an Intervention for Medication Adherence

Lack of medication adherence has been shown to negatively affect medical outcomes, and result in higher hospitalization rates and increased healthcare costs. Several interventions have been presented in the literature. In this paper, we evaluate an intervention for medication adherence based on rewards and punishment. We use an analytical model to study the level of medication adherence for different probabilities of taking medications due to rewards and punishment. Our results show that a combination of different probabilities of taking medications in the first and second windows can lead to the desired adherence. We are currently identifying the best combinations of these probabilities based on different criteria including minimal cost. More work is needed in estimating the total rewards and cost savings due to the intervention.