Nonadherence to prescription medication is common and costly.1 On average, 50% of medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed.2 Medication nonadherence is widespread, and accountability for this issue is shared by patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and the health care system as a whole. Furthermore, there is an increasing business case for addressing medication nonadherence; as payment and delivery system models evolve to place health care organizations and clinicians at risk for patient outcomes and downstream costs (eg, bundled payments and accountable care organizations), interest in coordination of care and invention of durable treatments continues to increase.
Zullig LL, Peterson ED, Bosworth HB. Ingredients of Successful Interventions to Improve Medication Adherence. JAMA. 2013;310(24):2611-2612. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282818