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August 2014

Assessing Medication Adherence Using Indirect Self-report

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Dermatology Research, Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(8):813-814. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.774

Poor adherence to medication is common, particularly in patients with chronic diseases who are prescribed multiple medications. A major public health problem, nonadherence is associated with poor clinical outcomes, increased health care costs, prolonged hospitalization, and higher mortality and morbidity. Assessing patients’ medication adherence may be helpful for assessing responses to treatment and for modifying treatment regimens.1,2

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