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Reminder devices not superior to usual care for medication adherence

February 28, 2017

Among nonadherent patients who were taking up to three medications for common chronic conditions, low-cost reminder devices did not improve adherence to medications, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. An accompanying editorial said the study should be a reminder to clinicians that improving medication adherence among patients will require a multi-faceted approach.

“Suboptimal adherence to medications for chronic conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes, results in potentially avoidable morbidity, mortality, and health care spending,” Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, PhD, from the division of pharmacoepidemiology and pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and colleagues wrote. “A variety of factors are responsible for patients not taking their medications as prescribed, but up to 60% of individuals identify forgetfulness as their primary explanation.”

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