Improving medication adherence with tech innovation

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

School of Pharmacy project pairs medication taking with new technologies to empower older adults to age in place

Medication non-adherence is a concern globally, and often occurs unknowingly or by mistake. Dr. Tejal Patel, clinical associate professor at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy, is trying to improve medication management and assist older adults when taking their medication at home by correctly matching them with new innovative technologies.

Dr. Patel has received funding for her project from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the Canadian Institute for Health Research-Institute of Aging (CIHR-IA) totaling more than half a million dollars.   

Dr. Patel’s project is entitled “Match making: Empowering older adults to age in place through matching automated medication adherence technology to ability”. It focuses on how the cognitive, visual, auditory, physical, motivational and environmental barriers that older adults face impacts the use of medication adherence technology to assist with medicine taking. 

Dr. Tejal Patel

“If we equip patients with the tools to take their medications at home safely and properly, they won’t have to be admitted to long term care homes for safe medication use,” Dr. Patel says. “When they take their medications properly the risk of medication errors and side effects decreases, thereby improving their overall quality of life. This will have a direct positive impact on our health system.”

Read more on Waterloo News.