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The 13th edition of the
European Symposium on Patient Adherence, COMpliance,  and  Persistence
will be held on Thursday, the 10th September 2009 in Bangor, (Wales), UK.

On September 11, 2009, the EU-funded project entitled "Ascertaining Barriers
for Compliance: policies for safe, effective and cost-effective use of medicines
in Europe (ABC)" will coordinate a European consensus meeting on taxonomy
and terminology of patient compliance.


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September 10th: ESPACOMP

08:30 - 09:00

Dyfrig Hughes
University of Bangor, Wales, UK

Session 1

09:00 - 10:45
Interventions to enhance patient adherence and maintain long term persistence

Keynote speaker (45 minutes)    
The Adherence Checklist
Lars Osterberg
Stanford University, CA, USA

Contributed papers (20 minutes each)
Impact of individualized care on persistence of and adherence to ocular hypotensive therapy: a randomized controlled trial   
Trish Gray, Cecilia Fenerty, Agnes Lee, Fiona Spencer, Malcolm Campbell, Heather Waterman, David Henson
University of Manchester, UK

Pharmaceutical care interventions, initiated by computerized drug prescription
monitoring, improve drug compliance
Ada GG Stuurman-Bieze, Eric G Hiddink
Health Base Foundation, The Netherlands

Safe and effective use of oral antidiabetic drugs: a controlled strudy of an andherence-
enhancing intervention
Hanne Herborg, Pernille Dam, Charlotte Rossing, Lene Sarensen
Pharmakon, Danish College of Pharmacy Practice, Hillerod, Denmark

10:45 - 11:15

Session 2

11:15 - 12:30
National/International initiatives to improve adherence in ambulatory patients

Involving patients in decisions about prescribed medicines and supporting adherence: The NICE response (United Kingdom National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Wendy Clyne
Keele University, UK

A French initiative: A critical analysis of the use of compliance in health care services
Marguerite Cognet, Emilie Adam-Vezina
Université Paris, 7 - Denis Diderot, France

A systemic approach to improve patients adherence to medications: An update of a Dutch initiative   
Marnix Westein
The Royal Dutch Association for the Advancement of Pharmacy (KNMP), The Hague, The Netherlands

Opportunities to implement a pharmaceutical service to enhance patient adherence in the Swiss healthcare system
Marie-Paule Schneider
University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Current Production of the Medicationroll  in Apotheek Voorzorg; advancement of adherence for 40000 patients
Jan de Groot
Artipharma Consulting, The Netherlands

12:30 - 13:30

Session 3

13:30 - 14:30
Health economic considerations on patient adherence

Invited speaker (45 minutes)

To take or not take, the economics of taking medicines
Rachel Elliott
Nottingham University, UK

ABC Project update: toward better terminology and taxonomy in the field of adherence research
Przemyslaw Kardas
Medical University Lodz, Poland

Session 4

14:30 - 15:30
Practical applications

Contributed papers (20 minutes each)

Compliance to phosphate binders in a hemodialysis population
Monique M Elsevier, Sofie Huybrechts, Karel Op De Beek, Eva Rutten, Marc E De Broe
University of Antwerp, Belgium

Noncompliance to sirolimus in renal transplantation
Clara Sequeira, Odette Isabel, Alfredo Mota, Carlos Fontes Ribeiro
University of Coimbra, Portugal

Prevalence and correlates of incorrect eye drop use: the Belgian Compliance Study in Ophthalmology (BCSO)
Sophie Vandenbroek, Sabina De Geest, Fabienne Dobbels, Steffen Fieuws, Ingeborg Stalmans, Thierry Zeyen
Katolieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium

15:30 - 16:00

Session 5

16:00 - 17:00

Contributed papers (20 minutes each)

An international collaborative model for use of structural equation modeling in adherence research
Bradi Granger, Hayden Bosworth, Inger Ekman, Sabina De Geest
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

The association between patient reported drug taking and gaps and overlaps in antidepressant drug dispensing
Helga Gardarsdottir, Toine CG Egberts, Eibert R Heerdink
University Medical Centre, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Intervention effect of electronic monitors in patients with cardiovascular medication: a pilot study in primary care
Andreas Zeller, Esther Ramseier
University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

17:00 - 17:30
Concluding remarks and practical issues about the future of ESPACOMP


September 11th: European consensus meeting on taxonomy and terminology of patient compliance

09:00 - 09:10

Dyfrig Hughes
University of Bangor, Wales, UK

09:10 - 09:30
Concordance: white elephant or progressive concept. A systematic review of the literature

Heather Waterman, W Czuber-Dochan, Agnes Lee, M Shaw, P Stanford
University of Manchester, UK

09:30 - 10:15
Presentation of draft ABC proposal on taxonomy and terminology

Bernard Vrijens for the ABC consortium

10:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 11:30
Taxonomy/terminology discussion and interactive participation

Jeffrey Aronson
University of Oxford, UK

11:30 - 13:00
Panel discussion chaired by Jeffrey Aronson (University of Oxford, UK)

Lars Osterberg (Stanford University, CA, USA)
Robert Vander Stichele (University of Gent, Belgium)

Download important information about the conference logistics (accommodations, transportation, meals, etc.)

Abstract submission

Abstract submission is over.
We would like to thank all the authors who contributed to build up an exciting program.


The meeting will be held at the Sir Pritchard Jones hall at Bangor University


Delegates are recommended to stay at the University’s halls of residence at a cost of 40 € per night, including breakfast. You can book this university accomodation when registering for the symposium.

Alternative hotel accommodation in the region includes:

  • Ty’n Rhos Country House, Nr Caernarfon. Developed from an original farmstead, Ty'n Rhos is set in the stunning backdrop of Snowdonia National Park with 15 bedrooms. 9km.

  • The Quay, Deganwy. Set in an idyllic waterside location, the Quay Hotel in Deganwy has 74 rooms and is the perfect coastal retreat, overlooking the Unesco World Heritage Site of Conwy Castle. 30km.

  • Bulkeley Hotel, Beaumaris. Built as a Georgian showpiece in 1832 the hotel now has 43 en-suite bedrooms, a fine restaurant, coffee shop, Real Ale bars and lounges with open coal gas fire. 11km.

  • Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon.Located near Caernarfon Castle, this elegantly restored hotel has 110 en-suit bedrooms. 14km.


The nearest international airports are Liverpool John Lennon airport,
and Manchester airport

Buses and taxis are available from Liverpool airport to Liverpool Lime Street station from where hourly departures connect to Bangor.  Trains operate from Manchester Airport Rail Station with a journey time to Bangor of around 2h 50m. There will be a need to change once or twice at either Crewe or Chester and Crewe. Taxis from either airport to Bangor cost approximately £80-£100.

Timetables for trains serving Bangor are available from  Tickets may be purchased in advance from or at the station on the day of travel.

Details of taxis serving Bangor train station are available from  Pre-booking is not usually required.

The University and tourist information


We will be arranging a coach to depart Manchester airport at 18:00 (UK time) on the 9th September to transfer deligates to Bangor. On the 11th September we will also have a coach departing Bangor at 13:30 (Uk time). The airport is around 2 hours away from Bangor.
If you are interested in this service, please specify it in the registration form for this meeting.

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