Behavioral and Adherence Model for improving quality, health outcomes and cost-Effectiveness of healthcare

    Principal Author: Anthony Armenta


    An international consortium will investigate factors affecting patient treatment adherence and develop a model to assess and understand patient needs, with the goal to provide better patient support, improve outcomes and promote further adherence.

    Led by Pfizer, co-led by Merck KGaA (Darmstadt, Germany) and managed by the University of Porto, the five-year project – “BEhavioral and Adherence Model for improving quality, health outcomes and cost-Effectiveness of healthcaRe (BEAMER)” – brings together 28 European partners from academia, civil society and industry to jointly address this goal.

    Patient non-adherence to prescribed treatment poses a formidable health challenge. It affects patient health outcomes significantly, contributing to 200,000 premature deaths in the EU annually, and places a heavy economic burden on the healthcare system, leading to an estimated 125B euros in avoidable hospitalisations, emergency care and adult outpatient visits each year.

    Despite existing research on disease-specific treatment adherence, there are few broad insights regarding how to improve adherence across healthcare. To address this, BEAMER aims to acquire a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence patient adherence, irrespective of the therapeutic area, and enable stakeholders to design effective solutions that could promote broad and consistent impact within a real-world context.

    The project will create a validated generalised model of significant and actionable factors affecting non-adherent behaviour. Disease-agnostic in nature, the model will help the project team to define the problem of non-adherence and provide guidance for health & care stakeholders as they develop and implement cost-effective digital tools and solutions. Interested in discovering how this model could contribute to better patient outcomes and reduced health system expenses?

    The BEAMER model will: – Help build solutions that enable healthcare stakeholders to provide personalised patient support and improve adherence behaviour – Provide outcomes that enable healthcare stakeholders to develop products and services that are better aligned with patient needs and limitations.

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