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Patient Compliance & Medication Adherence

Patient Compliance & Medication Adherence

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Drugs don't work in patients who don't take them

C. Everett Koop, MD


The treatment of chronic disease is a major driver of rising health care costs in America. With over half of all Americans suffering from at least one chronic disease, medications are a routine and effective course of treatment. Despite medicine's value and ability to improve patient outcomes and lower health care costs, many chronically ill patients do not take their medications as prescribed.

Source National Community Pharmacists Association NCPA.

  • Medication Adherence Adherence Report Card - Abridged
  • Medication Adherence Adherence Report Card - Full Report


  • NCPA reports: Medication Adherence in America: A National Report Card (NCPA)


    Do Electronic Medication Compliance Devices work? Impact of an electronic medication compliance aid on long-term blood pressure control

    FDA (Food and Drug Administration): "over half of all people who use medications don't use them correctly".

    Learn more: Patient Compliance Statistics. Patient Compliance Wizard.

    The New England Journal of Medicine: Adherence to Medication. Lars Osterberg, MD and Terrence Blaschke, MD

    American Heart Association: "Compliance with medical advice is important for disease prevention and treatment".

    Old age in the technology age: New devices to monitor health and well-being at home a growing new sector. Carolyn Said

    National Council for Patient Information and Education Patient Compliance.

    Patient Compliance: Align Map: "A No-Nonsense approach to real world treatment implementation".

    The Merck Manual Home Edition

    Search by medical condition: eMedicine Web site. | HealingWell Web site.

    World Health Organization: Adherence to Long-Term Therapies: Evidence of Action
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