Vivian Auyeung




Dr Auyeung is a trainee health psychologist with an interest in developing interventions to address issues around non-adherence to prescribed medicines.

She joined the Clinical Practice and Medication Use Group in May 2009. Her current research aims to examine patient satisfaction with information about medicines and to explore differences in the way healthcare professionals perceive what aspects of medicine information are important. This work is in collaboration with the Pharmacy Department at St Thomas’ and the Health Psychology Section at the Institute of Psychiatry.

It also informs the teaching Dr Auyeung delivers to MPharm students and community pharmacists undergoing post-graduate training.

Dr Auyeung completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology from University College London in 2003 and went onto complete their MSc in Health Psychology in 2004. In 2005, she started her PhD in the Health Psychology Section at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. This explored psychological adaptation to post-polio syndrome in survivors of acute polio.

She continues to deliver group sessions on ‘Thinking Patterns’ on the Post-polio Rehabilitation Programme run by the Lane-Fox Unit at St Thomas’. These sessions illustrate how beliefs, in general and those specific to post-polio syndrome, are instrumental in promoting successful self-management of this chronic condition.

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Oct 24th 2016

How can healthcare professionals help patients to improve their health through medicines adherence? It is estimated that 30-50% of patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. So how should we, as healthcare professionals, respond? As medicines are key to the successful management of chronic conditions, underuse or non-adherence represents a lost opportunity for the health improvement for the patient as well as being a waste of valuable resources for healthcare systems. In Europe alone, the cost of poor adherence to treatment is estimated at 195,000 lives and €20 billion annually.

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