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"First book ever written focused upon how to talk with patients about medications. The interviewing techniques are applicable for improving medication adherence across all types of medications from the treatment of diabetes, asthma, and hypertension to depression."

Critical Acclaim from the Experts and Reviewers for Shawn Christopher Shea's Book, Improving Medication Adherence: How to Talk with Patients About Their Medications . . . .


"In the following pages, you are in for a treat. You are about to enter the very soul of what we do, and you could not find a better guide . . . . this little book, in my opinion, is destined to fill a giant void in the training of all medical and nursing students, as well as becoming a classic read for experienced clinicians in search of the art of medicine. My advice is simple - read it."

Former Surgeon General of the United States (1981-1989)
C. Everett Koop, MD, ScD
Senior Scholar, C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth



"I believe that every practicing clinician, even the most experienced, will find it useful and handy. I also believe that residents in every clinical discipline should read and use the tips daily."

Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
June 2008


"Introduces a caring approach to developing an alliance with patients around medications that will benefit experienced clinicians and nursing students alike . . . definitely a book that you will reach for again and again."

Bulletin of the American Psychiatric Nursing Association
June 2008


"As an endocrinologist I can safely say that the secret to treating diabetes lies within the pages of this book, for the secret of successfully treating diabetes - as well as all other serious diseases - lies in improving medication adherence. No book provides better answers to this vexing problem. Laced with humor and compassion it is a fun book, a rare clinical gem, highly recommended for all generalists, specialists, nurses, case managers, and medical, nursing, and clinical pharmacy students. I read it carefully - twice."

    George F. Cahill, Jr. M.D.
    Professor of Medicine, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
    Past President, American Diabetes Association


"Should be read by every medical student at the end of his or her first year of medical school and again at the end of his or her fourth year . . . . It should then go on their bookshelf to be drawn upon throughout the rest of their career."

    Psychiatric Services
    August 2008



"A bright and refreshing writing style, packed with unusually insightful interviewing tips. Dr. Shea's book is simply the best resource available on communicating with people about their medications."

    Robert E. Drake, MD, PhD
    Andrew Thomson Professor of Psychiatry
    Dartmouth Medical School


"A valuable book for even the most experienced clinician from primary care to endocrinology. Dr. Shea brings rich insights to a topic (what words we choose as we introduce medications and address their side-effects), that is seldom discussed in training. He reminds us that our words are as important a part of the pharmacopoeia as the medications themselves."

    John F. Steiner, MD, MPH
    Director of the Colorado Health Outcomes Program
    Professor of Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
    University of Colorado


"This is a "must" book for every clinician who wants to partner with patients regarding medications. It is a timely, useful, easy to read book that is well written and thoughtfully prepared. Congratulations!"

Michelle Riba, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Past President, American Psychiatric Association


"I want to emphasize how remarkably powerful Shea's techniques are in working with psychiatric patients - coping with diseases such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia - with whom negotiations about medications can be particularly challenging. I can't recommend this book enough to psychiatric residents and, in fact, to all practitioners of psychiatry."

Ronald Green, M.D.
Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry
Dartmouth Medical School


"An outstanding contribution to our clinical literature - immensely practical - filled with interviewing tips for improving medication adherence for every clinician . . . . . Students and well-seasoned clinicians alike will benefit from the perceptive observations and wise advice that fills this book."

James Ellison, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Clinical Director, Geriatric Program, McLean Hospital


"Blissfully short, blessedly succinct - written with gimlet-eyed clarity and eloquence - this book is a boon for every clinician."

Mack Lipkin, MD
Founding President
American Academy on Physician and Patient
Professor of Medicine
NYU Medical Center


"This wonderfully practical book takes us back to the core of our profession - helping us make contact with those we treat so that the medications we prescribe, and the good outcomes they can enable, are used to their utmost advantages."

Psychiatric Times
July 2007


"Dedicated to improving medication adherence by enhancing clinical interviewing skills."

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"Transforming medication nonadherence into medication adherence through innovative training."