Helping Patients Take Their Medication: Lessons from Helping Patients Quit Smoking

[This article first appeared in the Journal of Patient Compliance, the only peer-reviewed journal devoted to patient adherence.] Smokers are not patients — or, at least, that’s the view that most people have of smokers. Like most “self-inflicted” health risks, like drinking too much alcohol and sharing needles, the stigma attached to smoking and smokers … Continue reading

Information Not Enough to Change Behavior

A study conducted by Scripps researchers and published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that direct-to-consumer genetic testing did not result in any measurable short-term changes in psychological health, diet or exercise behavior, or use of screening tests.” Unfortunately, this doesn’t surprise me. When I worked on smoking cessation, it wasn’t enough to just … Continue reading