About the Medication Adherence Working Group

Optimal medication adherence is crucial for improved clinical and health outcomes. Medication adherence is defined as “the process by which patients take their medications as prescribed”. For rheumatic diseases, however, up to 85% of the patients do not fully adhere to their medication regimen.

The Outcome Measures in Rheumatology Adherence Working Group (OMERACT-Adherence Group) is currently developing a core domain set for trials of medication adherence interventions in patients with rheumatic diseases. The group consists of patients, healthcare professionals, researchers and other stakeholders. Their activities comprise: (1) a systematic literature review of outcome domains in medication adherence intervention trials in rheumatology, (2) interviews with patients and caregivers to identify their views on core domains, (3) nominal group technique with patients and caregivers to prioritise outcome domains, (4) an international modified Delphi study to define a preliminary core domain set, and (5) a consensus workshop to finalise a core domain set.

Susan Bartlett

Susan Bartlett

Co-Chair

Maarten de Wit

Maarten de Wit

Co-Chair

Ayano Kelly

Ayano Kelly

Co-Chair

Kathleen Tymms

Kathleen Tymms

Co-Chair

vicki evans

Vicki Evans

Patient Research Partner

Charlotte Bekker

Fellow 

Shahrzad Salmasi

Fellow 

Working Group Members:

 Alexa Meara
Allison Tong
Ayano Kelly
Bart Van den Bemt
Bev Shea
Bishoy Kamel
Caroline Flurey
Catherine Hill
Charlotte Bekker
Christine Bailey
Daniel Sumpton
Dawn Richards
Dorcas Beaton
Eindra Aung
Elizabeth Salt
Ethan Craig
Francois Nantel
Geraldine Hassett
Helen Keen

 Jas Singh
Jose Negron
Karine Toupin April
Kathleen Tymms
Lara Maxwell
Loreto Caromona
Luke Crimston-Smith
Luke Williamson
Lyn March
Maarten de Wit
Maria Suarez-Almazor
Marieke Scholte-Voshaar
Mary De Vera
Michael Gill
Paul Bird
Peter Cheung
Peter Tugwell
Peter Wong

 Pongthorn Narongroeknawin
Rani Sinnathurai
Rebecca Davey
Renske Hebing
Ric Day
Rieke Alten
Robby Nieuwlaat
Robin Christensen
Sabrina Mai Nielson
Sean O'Neill
Shahrzad Salmasi
Sharon Lee
Susan Bartlett
Suzanne Verstappen
Therese Dawson
Vicki Evans
Willemina Campbell
Yomei Shaw

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