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Adherence SIG Clinical Case Symposium

Clinicians and trainees will share their experiences and challenges providing adherence-related clinical care to youth with medical conditions and their families.

By Shanna Guilfoyle, PhD and Marisa Hilliard, PhD

The Adherence Special Interest Group (SIG) is pleased to host the first Adherence Clinical Case Symposium at the upcoming 2013 National Conference on Pediatric Psychology. The symposium will take place Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2013, and will offer two hours of CE credit. During this new event, clinicians and trainees will share their experiences and challenges providing adherence-related clinical care to youth with medical conditions and their families.

We were pleased to receive a number of high-quality, fascinating case vignette submissions for this symposium. The review process highlighted the challenging, yet meaningful work pediatric psychologists are doing around the country to promote adherence and improve youth’s health and quality of life. Based upon the selected abstracts, a series of five cases will illustrate a range of topics related to adherence promotion in clinical practice, including the translation and application of adherence theory into practice, addressing complex family factors impacting adherence, conceptualizing and addressing adherence during adolescent and young adult transitions, and realistic expectations for adherence interventions in inpatient settings. Presenters will emphasize innovative and emerging strategies for adherence-promotion assessment and intervention. Case examples will cover a variety of ages, presenting problems, and medical conditions. We anticipate a lively discussion regarding these clinical issues, including generating ideas and soliciting audience feedback.

The Adherence SIG is looking forward to this opportunity for SPP members to share common challenges and to “pick the brains” of our most valuable clinical resource: each other! The goal is for audience members to walk away from this symposium with increased awareness of how adherence theories and research translate to everyday clinical practice, as well as strategies that they may be able to use in their own treatment adherence cases.

The three Adherence SIG committees have been hard at work for the past two years on initiatives related to assessment, intervention, and dissemination efforts surrounding adherence. We are thrilled that the first annual Adherence SIG Clinical Case Symposium will bring these efforts together and share them with the SPP membership. We hope this symposium will be a forum for SPP members to think deeply about the hard work that goes into adherence promotion, and will become a tradition to be continued at subsequent SPP meetings. See you in New Orleans!