By Urmimala Sarkar, MD, MPH
Often, at scientific conferences, the most important learning happens in the question and answer period. I spoke at the American Diabetes Association conference earlier this year, presenting results of an observational study we did on medication adherence and diabetes. We found that if people starting using the online patient portal (sometimes called the personal health record), to order their medication refills, they were more likely to take their medication regularly. Dr. Katherine Newton of Group Health Research Institute spoke before me, describing a randomized study showing that a clinical pharmacist-led blood pressure management program did not lower blood pressure any more than usual care by an outpatient provider.