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.
the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) announced the launch of a promising project that seeks to improve patient treatment adherence, the lack of which (non-adherence) is associated with negative patient outcomes and significant costs.
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.
Supported by a grant from IMI, the project has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 101034369. This joint undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations [EFPIA], and associated partner Link2Trials. The total budget is 11.9 M€ for a project duration of 60 months.