Behavioural change and pharmacist health coaching

Lise-Marie Kinnaer

The pharmacist’s role has evolved from simply a disperser of medication to a health care provider. As such pharmacists are helping patients learn to change unhealthy lifestyles and habits in order to improve their health outcomes. Foremost among lifestyle and habit change is improving medication adherence. In the U.S. medication nonadherence rates average 40-60% for various chronic medications. This presentation will address how pharmacists can use principles of health coaching to improve their patient’s adherence to medication and overall health outcomes.

John M. Lonie, R.Ph, Ed.D, is an associate professor of social & administrative sciences at Long Island University, College of Pharmacy. His research interests include empathy development in healthcare professionals and developing innovative communication methods that pharmacists can use to improve patient outcomes.