Medication Reconciliation & More...Topics for Patient Safety

A SIMPLE STEP: Medication Nonadherence

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 0.60
    • CPH: 0.50
    • TSBSWE: 0.50
    • Physicians: 0.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Dec 9, 2016
  • Expires: Dec 9, 2017
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    30 Minutes
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Edgar R.  Gonzalez Edgar R. Gonzalez, FACSP, FASHP
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Marshall School of Medicine
Huntington, West Virginia

Needs Statement

According to recent reports, medication nonadherence - also referred to as MNA – impacts approximately 187 million patients in the United States, or 25% of the entire U.S. population. Medication nonadherence is a growing problem that is poised to have an increasingly more profound impact on healthcare in the coming decades due to demographic trends.  The SIMPLE STEP rubric provides an easy solution to assist with provider communication for medication nonadherence.



Target Audience

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners. nurses, and other health care professionals working with patients to improve nonadherence rates.


Define medication adherence and the health economic impact of nonadherence;

List factors that drive medication nonadherence;

Identify barriers to medication adherence faced by patients with chronic diseases;

Describe the impact of low health literacy on clinical outcomes and its potential link to medication adherence, and

Discuss the pharmacy-driven SIMPLE STEP approach to mediation adherence.



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 0.60 Contact Hours.


This activity is approved for 0.50 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.


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The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 0.50 hour of AOA Category 2A CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills

Faculty Disclosure

The faculty and the planning committee have nothing to disclose.