Cancer treatment protocols for adolescents and young adults often include numerous medications administered at varied dosing schedules. Medication adherence (taking medications as prescribed) can be difficult, but is associated with better health outcomes among adolescents and young adults with cancer. To help make it easier for adolescents and young adults with cancer to take their medications as prescribed, it is important that we understand the challenges of taking medications and the things adolescents and young adults do to help make it easier.
Goal of the Study
The purpose of this study is to identify the factors that are linked to higher levels of medication adherence among adolescents and young adults with cancer. Participants will be asked to complete surveys once every 4 months and store one of their medications in an electronic pill bottle. Dr. McGrady’s long-term goal is to use the results of this study to develop a patient-centered intervention to improve medication adherence among adolescents and young adults with cancer.
Status of the Study
We have completed enrollment and our participants are completing their study visits. For more information, please contact our study team at COMPASS@cchmc.org.
This study is funded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.