Research conducted by pharmaceutical companies about medication non-adherence has revealed the following:
- Patients are primarily concerned about side effects, the need for the medication and the cost
- Compliance is hardest for patients who are being treated for diseases whose symptoms are not obvious, such as cardiovascular disease
- When asked directly about medication adherence, patients overestimated their level of compliance
I agree with the conclusions reached by MacLaughlin and his colleagues that, "medication adherence demands a relationship between a patient or caregiver and prescriber that values open honest discussion about medications."
What strategies are you using to discuss medication adherence with your patients?