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Expanding The Patient Compliance Knowledgebase

October 26th, 2008 at 9:37 am · · AlignMap In Cites, AlignMap Web · No Comments

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Treatment Adherence Data From Fields Beyond Healthcare

While I’ve previously written AlignMap posts about the value of alternative perspectives on patient compliance, most of the entries here focus on pertinent studies and review articles from the familiar genre of medical literature.

Readers interested in extending their thinking beyond the standard party line may find some of the material covered at AlignMap In Cites, the tumblelog companion to this blog, helpful.  The succinctly annotated links comprising AlignMap In Cites tend to be more catholic in content than AlignMap.com and often include information sources from outside the mainstream.

Moreover, thanks to the recent change in the AlignMap.com structure it now  easier for viewers on this site to follow AlignMap In Cites.1 The section labeled “AlignMap In Cites Recent Posts” at the bottom of the column to the reader’s right is a list of links to the 10 latest posts at AlignMap In Cites.

The two most recent AlignMap In Cites posts  today, in fact, are examples of non-medical resources:2 the first links to a review of Buyology By Martin Lindstrom, which examines how marketers, using magnetic resonance imaging scanners, record brain activity in minute detail, measuring how the products they are selling affect the brain’s pleasure centers while the second is a reference to Emerging Lessons, a WSJ article on “understanding the needs of poorer consumers,” which includes, by my reading at least, useful concepts for conveying information to patients with low healthcare literacy. Both of these have obvious implications that could affect how we understand treatment adherence.

Posting at AlignMap In Cites tends to happen in batches separated by fallow periods so I recommend following the titles here and checking out those that look helpful.

I’ll also be listing other nontraditional sources of information about patient compliance here at AlignMap.com in the future.

Bonus #1: Other AlignMap In Cites Posts

I’ll take this opportunity to explain that the content of AlignMap In Cites includes references such as those discussed above, connections to AlignMap.com posts,3 and many entries into what might charitably be called “Miscellaneous.” Among today’s recent posts group, for example, is a quote lifted from a medical student’s publically published blog, which evidences that political correctness has not completely eliminated the blatently obnoxious declaration and which reminds those of us grown perhaps a tad jaded to the basics of patient compliance that teaching the fundamentals to medical students remains an essential task.

Bonus #2: Heck Of A Guy Posts

Near the bottom of the column on the left is a list of links to the ten most recent posts at Heck Of A Guy, my personal blog, which has almost nothing to do with patient compliance other than the occasional post alerting readers there to AlignMap posts of general interest. The tag line at Heck Of A Guy is “A pastiche of posts, featuring song, dance, snappy chatter plus notes on prose, poesy, love, lust, life, and beyond,”4  which should clue in any blog reader that I have no idea, day to day, about the content of the posts I’ll publish. I recently published my 1000th Heck Of A Guy post, which included a list of random topics covered there:

I know – I don’t understand why it’s popular either.

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  1. AlignMap In Cites has also transformed its look into one more easily read and one that is, well, way cool.
  2. Quelle coincidence, eh?
  3. The graphics featured in Robot Enhancement of Treatment Adherence, for example, were first displayed on AlignMap In Cites,
  4. Until recently, the tag line was “If this has made just 1 person spew Pinot Noir through his or her nose, then it’s all been worth it … ,” which may be more indicative of the Heck Of A Guy tone.

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