Patient adherence with pharmacological interventions
So that some drugs are effective, they need to be taken at regular time intervals for a particular period of time.
Non-adherence/non-compliance is a major problem and reason for many drug failures (achieving desired therapeutic effect)
• up to 5% of all prescriptions are not filled
• 40-50% of patients do not accurately follow instructions
Adequate explanation increases adherence to a course of treatment.
Unused drugs danger if left lying around.
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