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The next ESPACOMP meeting was held on
September 17th - 18th, 2010
in Lodz, Poland

                            The First Polish Educational Day on Patient Adherence

- an educational initiative accompanying-
The 14th European Symposium on Patient Adherence, COMpliance and Persistence

was held on September 18th, 2010 in Lodz, Poland 

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We are pleased to announce that the next European Symposium on PAtient COMpliance and Persistence (ESPACOMP) will be held in Lodz, Poland, on September 17-18, 2010. The meeting will be organised by the Medical University of Lodz

This year’s conference will take place in the interiors of the Poznanski’s Palace – Museum of the City of Lodz. For more details, click here.

Please book those dates in your agenda as this meeting constitutes a major event in research on the clinical&economic consequences and origins of patient non-adherence to prescribed drug dosing regimens.


Please click here to read the conference booklet

DAY1 - September 17th

Welcome and Introduction

Jean-Michel Métry Memorial Lecture

Improvement of drug adherence using single pill combinations: what is the evidence?

Michel Burnier
Service of Nephrology and Hypertension, CHUV, Lausanne, Switzerland


Session 1

What’s new in direct measurement of adherence

Measuring, Managing and Improving Adherence
Aunia Grogan
Global Head of Adherence, Novartis, Switzerland

Contributed papers



Session 2

Use of electronic monitoring of drug intake to promote adherence

Improving adherence and treatment decision-making: the power of electronically compiled drug-dosing histories

Marijn de Bruin
(Assistant profession Intervention Design&Behavior Change) Department of Communication Science, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Contributed papers

  • Persistence and execution to oral anticancer medications
    Marie Paule Schneider
    , Leila Achtari Jeanneret , Silvia Domingues, Anne-Catherine Lange, Bernard Vrijens, François Lüthi, Olivier Bugnon
    Community pharmacy, Department of ambulatory care&community medicine, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Compliance to phosphate binders: a nurse' lead intervention made difference
    Monique M. Elseviers
    , Yoleen Van Camp, Sofie Huybrechts
    Department of Nursing Sciences, University of Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium



Session 3

Use of e-health and telemedicine to improve adherence

eHealth in Europe: need, vision and practice
Pepijn van de Ven
Wireless Access Research Centre, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, University of Limerick, Ireland

Contributed papers



Session 4

Evolution of terminology and taxonomy of adherence in English and the other languages, and medical practices

Contributed papers

  • A simple, robust taxonomy to describe deviations from prescribed drug therapy
    Bernard Vrijens
    , For the ABC Project Team
    AARDEX Group, Sion, Switzerland and Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, University of Liège, Belgium

Meeting of the General Assembly at the conference venue

DAY 2 - September 18th



Session 5 Miscellanea 1

Telemonitoring of Long Term Oxygen Therapy: Air Liquide Experience&Research
Marc Lemaire
Air Liquide Santé

Contributed papers


Session 6 Miscellanea 2

Patient adherence in pre- and post-registration studies: different objectives, different approaches

Ivo Abraham
University of Arizona, College of Nursing

Contributed papers

  • Factors associated with medication adherence among psychiatric outpatients with substance abuse risk
    Stephen Magura
    , Andrew Rosenblum, Chunki Fong
    Western Michigan University



Session 7 Miscellanea 3

To Encourage or Coerce? The law's role in achieving patient compliance

Stewart Duffy

Contributed papers

  • Comparison of real life objective reliable compliance data assessed by an innovative electronic system in patients recruited either by a pharmacist or a general practitioner study: Differences and potential bias
    Eric Leutenegger
    , Eric Vicaut, Bernard Bousquet
    ABR Pharma, Paris; School of Medicine, University of Paris Lariboisière

  • The effect of a clinical trial on adherence and persistence to treatment
    Hein A.W. van Onzenoort
    , Frederique E Menger, Cees Neef, Willem J Verberk, Peter W de Leeuw, Paul-Hugo M van der Kuy
    Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Concluding remarks and the future of ESPACOMP



Poster presentation

Impact of prolonged antihypertenive duration of action on predicted clinical outcomes in imperfectly adherent patients: comparison of aliskiren, irbesartan and ramipril

Adam Lowy, Yvonne Brede, Deborah Keefe

Assessment of adherence of cinacalcet HCl in dialysed patients

Valentina Forni, Menno Pruijm, Carole Zweiacker, Michel Burnier

Evaluation of the medication compliance of liver transplant patients switched from a twice-daily to a once-daily tacrlimus-based regimen
Marion Eberlin, Irene Kraemer

Improving patients' compliance - the role of pharmacists
Tatjana Crnjanski, Svetlana Stojkov-Rudinski, Ivana Tadic

Twelve-month persistence of COPD therapy after initiation in patients aged 50 and over: results from the L777 study
Laurent Laforest, Mélanie Broquet, Gaëlle Désaméricq, Eric Van Ganse

Role of data-acquisition rate in defining salient patterns of drug exposure in ambulatory pharmacotherapy
Bernard Vrijens, John Urquhart

Objective adherence measurement with an electronic blister: a feasibility study in primary care
Hein A.W. van Onzenoort, Cees Neef, Willem J Verberk, H Peter van Iperen, Peter W de Leeuw,
Paul-Hugo M van der Kuy

Studying the impact of medication counseling for patients starting a treatment with antidepressant drugs: study design
Sophie Liekens, Tim Smits, Gert Laekeman, Veerle Foulon

Occurrence of prescriptions for noncurrent - changed or terminated - treatment and prescription duplicates in electronic medical records and the Swedish national prescription repository
Anders Ekedahl

Beliefs about medicines predict non-adherence with medication intended for chronic use

Harm Geers, Eibert (Rob) Heerdink, Marcel Bouvy

Impact of Drug Reminder Packaging on Compliance ? Where Are the Research Gaps?
Fabienne Boeni, Katja Suter, Isabelle Arnet, Kurt. E. Hersberger

Medication adherence in patients treated for COPD

Tamás Ágh, Ágnes Mészáros

Exploring ethnic differences in patient perspectives on medicines and medicine-taking: a cross-cultural study in New Zealand
Beata Bajorek, Debbie Bassett-Clarke, Ines Krass

Achieving INR Target and Patient Satisfaction of Warfarinised Patients in HKL
Subramaniam Thanimalai, Agnes HSY, Chan BS, Chan CK, Nadrah N

A nationwide survey on medication adherence among polish patients and healthcare workers
Wojciech Kuzmierkiewicz

Involving patients in the development of a group-based educational intervention for a randomised controlled trial to improve adherence to glaucome eye drops
Heather Waterman, Lisa Brunton, Cliff Richardson, Cecilia Fenerty, Fiona Spencer, David Henson

Medication Persistence in the Treatment of HIV Infection: A Review of the Literature and Implications for Future Clinical Care and Research
Jason W. Bae, William Guyer, Kristy Grimm, Frederick L. Altice

Abstract submission is over.
We would like to thank all the authors for submitting their abstracts.

Disclosure Forms for Potential Conflicts of Interest

Poster guidelines
Posters presented at the meeting should be either 50X70 or 70 X100 cm format. Smaller formats are accepted as well but if you have a larger poster, kindly let us know because we have to arrange a bigger board.


The Symposium fees will be as follows:

    * Delegates from academia – 100 euro
    * Delegates from industry – 200 euro
    * Students – 25 euro

Registration fees should be paid by bank transfer to the following account:

Bank name:   BNP Paribas Fortis
                    Montagne du Parc 3
                    1000 Bruxelles
Account holder: ESPACOMP ASBL
Account n°: 001-5834755-87
IBAN: BE67 0015 8347 5587


The following hotels are located in the vicinity of the conference venue:

Organizers’ recommendation Focus Hotel – a new, family-style place with excellent breakfast menu - it offers really good value for money.

FOCUS Hotel**

The hotel is located within a 10-minute driving distance to the conference venue - coach transfers to and from the conference venue will be provided by organizers.

It is a new and modern hotel with an interesting architecture, opened in 2009, located in an old industrial building from 1897, formerly known as Julius Kindermann’s “white factory”. Hotel Focus Lodz has 116 single and double rooms. All rooms are spacious with broad beds. Other hotel facilities include: free Wi-Fi, sauna and fitness. Excellent breakfast menu.

Special price for ESPACOMP delegates: 50 Euro for a single room and 55 Euro for a double room.
Reservation contact: reference: ESPACOMP2010. Reservation valid till 05.09.2010.

ANDEL’s Hotel Lodz ****

The hotel is located within 2-minute walking distance to the conference venue.
Situated in the former textile mill of Izrael Poznanski, the Andel’s Hotel Lodz is the only 4 - star deluxe design hotel in Lodz. The hotel has won several architecture awards since opening last year. Rooms are equipped with air conditioning, safe, wireless Internet WLAN / Wi–Fi, tea / coffee - making facilities, etc. SkySPAce situated on the highest floor of the Andel’s Hotel includes a glass-enclosed rooftop pool, the sun terrace with a panorama of the city, sauna, fitness.

Special price for ESPACOMP delegates: 119 Euro for a single room and 139 Euro for a double room.
Reservation contact: Reference: ESPACOMP2010. Reservation valid till 01.08.2010

QUBUS Hotel Lodz ***

The hotel is located within 10-minute driving distance to the conference venue

The hotel is a fully air-conditioned and monitored three-star hotel located in the city centre. “Fire” restaurant is famous for serving dishes from all over the world, unique coffee flavours and a wide choice of alcoholic beverages, wines and cocktails. The hotel offers 78 comfortable single and double rooms with modern furniture. Free of charge high-speed Internet. Separate floors for smokers and non-smokers.

Special price for ESPACOMP delegates: 75 Euro for a single room and 85 Euro for a double room.
Reservation contact: reference: ESPACOMP2010. Reservation valid till 01.09.2010



It's a modern three stars air-conditioned business hotel with a car park, restaurant and conference rooms. Furnished in a modernist way, it has its a style and climate of its own.
Prices from 50 Euro


The hotel with 208 single and double rooms (including 169 rooms for non-smokers), is situated in the city downtown, at the junction of Pilsudskiego Avenue and Piotrkowska Street – the city showcase.

Prices from 40 Euro

Hotel CENTRUM Lodz ***

The direct vicinity of the Lodz Fabryczna Railway-Coach Station and Piotrkowska Street, and a short distance to the airport ensure easy access to the most important offices and municipal institutions, not to mention congress and exhibition areas. The planned opening of the festival-artistic centre in the area makes its location even more attractive.

Prices from 40 Euro

SWIATOWIT Hotel Lodz ***

The hotel is situated in the very heart of the city in the close vicinity of the representative Piotrkowska Street, which is a perfect combination of a commercial promenade and a cult meeting point for city dwellers and tourists. The hotel is a modern building, and its excellent reputation has been repeatedly confirmed by our guests' opinions.

Prices from 40 Euro


Hotel Campanile is in an ideal location: 1km from Manufaktura Exhibition Park, 2 km from Lodz Fabryczna and Lodz Kaliska railway stations and 7 Km from Lublinek Airport.

Prices from 48 Euro


Lodz, 16/18Kopcinskiego St. 

The University of Lodz Training and Conference Centre at 16/18 Kopcinskiego Street can provide accommodation for 136 persons in:

    * 5 suites
    * 18 single rooms
    * 54 twin rooms.

Prices from 35 Euro


Lodz is located in the very heart of Poland more>>

You may reach Lodz by air, train, or bus.
• Lodz Airport has some direct low cost connections. For more details, click here
• Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport, located in app. 100 km distance from Lodz, has a number of international connections. For more details, click here.

There are several bus companies providing coach connection from Warsaw Airport to central Lodz (Lodz Fabryczna Station). Detailed timetable will be provided prior to the conference.

Transport by taxi is the fastest way of getting from Warsaw Airport to Lodz and from Lodz to Warsaw Airport. Pre-booking is not usually required. Taxi fare is app. 80 EUROS. Corporate taxis are usually  less expensive and more reliable than non-corporate ones.

Major taxi corporations in Warsaw and Lodz:

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