The reason chronically ill patients are blamed for not adhering to medication instructions is because of data reported on their rate of compliance to treatment regimens. Study after study has concluded that patients are adherent about 50 percent of the time to treatment regimens.
Chronic Illness, Medication Compliance and Technology Be MedSmart
What exactly do these data mean? Do they mean that all patients are adherent only half of the time? No. If you look at patients’ behavior, it is easy to show that some people never or rarely comply to medical instructions while others adhere all or almost of the time with instructions. Does the 50% figure mean that patients only take half of their directed medications? Not really: patients usually take the entire dose of their drug when they take it. It is an all or nothing proposition, not a 50-50 activity (although some patients may reduce their dosage of a drug to make their prescription last longer). What exactly does the 50% adherence rate indicate? Here the explanations become murky, although the sheer number of people with chronic illness is beginning to shed some reasons for the figure. Learn more
Read full article Medication Compliance Or Adherence by Tom Creer, PhD
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