Medication non-adherence, also referred to as medication non compliance, is an increasingly growing threat to keeping patients healthy and healthcare affordable. It is the cause of 10% of hospital readmissions and up to 25% of all nursing home admissions and results in $290 billion in otherwise avoidable medical costs each year in the U.S.
The New England Healthcare Institute estimates that between one-third to one-half of all patients in the U.S. do not take their medications as instructed, including not taking the medication on time, in the proper doses, or at all.
The reasons for non-adherence can be behavioral, attitudinal or economical. Some of the top reasons include patient lack of understanding about medical conditions and medications, inability to pay for prescriptions, desire to avoid medication side effects, and just plain forgetfulness.
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