Appropriate medication use is an interest and an area of collaborative activity for the Agency for
Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics
(CERTs). In March 2014, AHRQ, the CERTs Scientific Forum and the six CERTs research centers
convened more than 60 diverse stakeholders, including patients, providers, researchers, and payers,
for a two-day meeting to discuss patient-centered approaches to appropriate medication use. Topics
ranged from the role of patients and the community, to health information technology, to health
literacy. The goals of the meeting were to:
• Foster a patient-centered perspective on medication use.
• Share perspectives on needed innovations in terms of policy, intervention, and research, as well
as available resources.
• Identify key priorities for action.
• Determine interest in and brainstorm mechanisms for continued collaboration.
Ray Bullman, NCPIE’s Executive Vice President, described NCPIE’s long history of bringing together
stakeholders—including patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals—who are committed to
improving communication about the safe, appropriate use of medicines through interventions and
policy. Mr. Bullman discussed the 2013 NCPIE Adherence Action Agenda(www.bemedicinesmart.org)
, which focuses on
multiple chronic conditions and co-morbidities; patient factors such as low health literacy,
economic challenges, and cultural beliefs; and the interplay of macro-factors (e.g., technology,
Rebecca Burkholder, the Vice President of Health Policy for National Consumers League, and a NCPIE
Board member, described NCL’s Script Your Future campaign. The objective of the campaign is to
raise awareness about the importance of taking medication as directed. The public education
campaign includes coordinated national communications and targeted outreach in six cities across
the nation. Discoveries to date include the value of collaboration, the importance of health care
provider engagement, and the demand for consumer tools.