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Editor's Correspondence
April 23, 2007

Medication Adherence and Physician Communication Skills

Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(8):859-860. doi:10.1001/archinte.167.8.859-b

Tarn et al1 have studied an important aspect of the physician-patient interaction, specifically, the communication of important information about new medication started by the physician. They report a lack of adequate content of physician communication during the interaction. During encounters when new medication therapies were started, physicians stated the name, explained the purpose, and discussed adverse effects in 74%, 87%, 35% of these encounters, respectively. Instructions on the duration of treatment, explicit instructions about the number of tablets to take, and explanation of the frequency or timing of dosing were given in 34%, 55%, 58% of these encounters, respectively.

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