The 13th edition of the European Symposium on Patient Adherence, COMpliance,  and  Persistence was held on Thursday, the 10th September 2009 in Bangor, (Wales), UK.

On September 11, 2009, the EU-funded project entitled “Ascertaining Barriers for Compliance: policies for safe, effective and cost-effective use of medicines in Europe (ABC)” will coordinate a European consensus meeting on taxonomy and terminology of patient compliance.

Program of September 10th: ESPACOMP

08:30 – 09:00 Welcome & Introduction.
Dyfrig Hughes, University of Bangor, Wales, UK

Session 1

09:00 – 10:45 Interventions to enhance patient adherence and maintain long term persistence

Keynote speaker (45 minutes)

The Adherence Checklist

Lars Osterberg, Stanford University, CA, USA

Contributed papers (20 minutes each)

Impact of individualized care on persistence of and adherence to ocular hypotensive therapy: a randomized controlled trial.
Trish Gray, Cecilia Fenerty, Agnes Lee, Fiona Spencer, Malcolm Campbell, Heather Waterman, David Henson, University of Manchester, UK.

Pharmaceutical care interventions, initiated by computerized drug prescription monitoring, improve drug compliance.
Ada GG Stuurman-Bieze, Eric G Hiddink, Health Base Foundation, The Netherlands.

Safe and effective use of oral antidiabetic drugs: a controlled strudy of an andherence-enhancing intervention.
Hanne Herborg, Pernille Dam, Charlotte Rossing, Lene Sarensen, Pharmakon, Danish College of Pharmacy Practice, Hillerod, Denmark.

10:45 – 11:15  Break&Posters

Session 2

11:15 – 12:30 National/International initiatives to improve adherence in ambulatory patients.

Involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence: The NICE response (United Kingdom National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).
Wendy Clyne, Keele University, UK.

A French initiative: A critical analysis of the use of compliance in health care services.
Marguerite Cognet, Emilie Adam-Vezina, Université Paris, 7 – Denis Diderot, France.

A systemic approach to improve patients adherence to medications: An update of a Dutch initiative.
Marnix Westein, The Royal Dutch Association for the Advancement of Pharmacy (KNMP), The Hague, The Netherlands.

Opportunities to implement a pharmaceutical service to enhance patient adherence in the Swiss healthcare system.
Marie-Paule Schneider, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

Current Production of the Medicationroll  in Apotheek Voorzorg; advancement of adherence for 40000 patients.
Jan de Groot, Artipharma Consulting, The Netherlands.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Posters.

Session 3

13:30 – 14:30 Health economic considerations on patient adherence.

Invited speaker (45 minutes)

To take or not take, the economics of taking medicines.
Rachel Elliott, Nottingham University, UK.

ABC Project update: toward better terminology and taxonomy in the field of adherence research.
Przemyslaw Kardas, Medical University Lodz, Poland.

Session 4

14:30 – 15:30 Practical applications.

Contributed papers (20 minutes each)

Compliance to phosphate binders in a hemodialysis population.
Monique M Elsevier, Sofie Huybrechts, Karel Op De Beek, Eva Rutten, Marc E De Broe, University of Antwerp, Belgium.

Noncompliance to sirolimus in renal transplantation.
Clara Sequeira, Odette Isabel, Alfredo Mota, Carlos Fontes Ribeiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Prevalence and correlates of incorrect eye drop use: the Belgian Compliance Study in Ophthalmology (BCSO).
Sophie Vandenbroek, Sabina De Geest, Fabienne Dobbels, Steffen Fieuws, Ingeborg Stalmans, Thierry Zeyen, Katolieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium.

15:30 – 16:00 Break&Posters.

Session 5

16:00 – 17:00 Methodology.

Contributed papers (20 minutes each)

An international collaborative model for use of structural equation modeling in adherence research.
Bradi Granger, Hayden Bosworth, Inger Ekman, Sabina De Geest, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA.

The association between patient reported drug taking and gaps and overlaps in antidepressant drug dispensing.
Helga Gardarsdottir, Toine CG Egberts, Eibert R Heerdink, University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Intervention effect of electronic monitors in patients with cardiovascular medication: a pilot study in primary care.
Andreas Zeller, Esther Ramseier, University Hospital Basel, Switzerland.

17:00 – 17:30 Concluding remarks and practical issues about the future of ESPACOMP.

19:00 Dinner.


September 11th: European consensus meeting on taxonomy and terminology of patient compliance

09:00 – 09:10 Introduction.
Dyfrig Hughes, University of Bangor, Wales, UK.

09:10 – 09:30 Concordance: white elephant or progressive concept. A systematic review of the literature.
Heather Waterman, W Czuber-Dochan, Agnes Lee, M Shaw, P Stanford, University of Manchester, UK.

09:30 – 10:15 Presentation of draft ABC proposal on taxonomy and terminology.
Bernard Vrijens for the ABC consortium.

10:15 – 10:30 Break.

10:30 – 11:30 Taxonomy/terminology discussion and interactive participation.
Jeffrey Aronson, University of Oxford, UK.

11:30 – 13:00 Panel discussion chaired by Jeffrey Aronson (University of Oxford, UK).


Lars Osterberg (Stanford University, CA, USA)
Robert Vander Stichele (University of Gent, Belgium)