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The Flipped Doctor's Visit: Turning the Traditional Medical Encounter on its Head

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A third of prescriptions for medications are never filled by patients. Half of all medications for chronic diseases are not used as prescribed. In addition to the resultant harm to human health, this is an immensely expensive problem, estimated to cost the U.S. health care system between $100 billion and $290 billion a year.

My colleagues and I were recently discussing the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality'sreview of current evidence on what works to increase medication adherence. There were a sizable number of clinical interventions