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Medication adherence: understanding the issues and finding solutions

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-479
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Volume25
Issue number10
DOIs
Published2 Oct 2020

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Abstract

Medication is the most frequent treatment intervention, and its success depends on patients taking their medicines in line with their prescribed regimen to yield the full benefit of the treatment. Adherence is especially difficult to ensure in those with multimorbidity, who take multiple medications to manage their conditions. Non-adherence is costly for the health service, both through wastage and increased ill health. Non-adherence may be intentional or non-intentional, and many factors affect an individual's compliance with a medication regimen. There are a variety of aids that may be helpful; however, the interaction with a health professional is very important, both for understanding the reason for non-adherence and for promoting adherence.

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