I just read National Clearing House Guidelines: Medicines adherence. Involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence.
This guideline was developed by the National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care (NCC-PC) on behalf of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).
The article discusses how to encourage more patient involvement in decisions about medicines. Physicians need to establish better communication with the patient encouraging them to participate if they choose in a dialog about their prescriptions.
Reasons why this type of communication is important is that patient's who have information about their medications and feel free to bring up concerns, side effects and problems they may have in taking their medication.
This improves quality of care for the patient. The more knowledge that doctors can obtain from the patients about side effects, concerns and problems taking the medication then it makes it easier to know how to treat the patient and also protects the doctor from potential liability.
Doctors and patients also need to communicate about any medications prescribed by other doctors.