Over the past few decades, there has been a remarkable progress in our understanding of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention, notably through research and medical advancement. However, despite such evolution, CVD remains the leading cause of death and premature death globally.
According to Dr Dong Zhoa, MD, PhD, Professor of Capital Medical University Beijing Anzhen Hospital, Member of China National Expert Committee for Cardiovascular Diseases, Asia faces many challenges in CVD prevention and treatment. The prevalence is higher in lower income countries than the higher income countries.
While the global population grew by approximately 48 percent between 1990 and 2021, deaths from CVD surged at an alarming rate of 69 percent, increasing from 12.1 million to 20.5 million. The majority of CVD-related deaths, both worldwide and in Southeast Asia, were attributed to ischemic heart disease (IHD) or stroke. Patients with chronic diseases require long-term and continuous care, involving ongoing management and lifestyle. Several studies have shown that the effectiveness of the treatment of chronic diseases depends on the participation of the patient, and good medication adherence reduces mortality and morbidity and decreases costs to the healthcare system.
DKSH Patient Solutions believes that Patient Support Programs can play a crucial role in assisting patients with CVD in addressing the challenges they face that go beyond prescriptions written to prevent or manage such chronic conditions that usually worsen in symptoms and cause quality of life issues for patients . These programs can provide educational resources to help patients and their families better understand CVD risk factors, symptoms, prevention strategies, as well as access to financial assistance. They can help raise awareness about the importance of adherence to the treatment and medication, early detection and seeking timely medical care.
Based on our experience in Thailand, our patient support specialists have identified several key reasons why patients do not adhere to the medication and treatment plan, as shown in the graphic. With this understanding, we are able to offer appropriate services such as face-to-face visits, video visits, and a chat platform. As we continue to work closely with our clients and patients, we will further develop programs to enhance patient outcomes.
At DKSH Patient Solutions, better patient outcomes are at the center of all the programs we manage. We leverage technology and human interaction to connect the patients with stakeholders, to improve access, encourage adherence and offer more convenience to the patients. Get in touch with us to transform patient experience today at Patient Solutions.