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NMIC Bulletin Vol. 28. No.4. 2022 Overview of Medication Non-Adherence

26 October, 2022

  • Medication adherence can be defined as “the process by which patients take their medication as prescribed”
  • Medication non-adherence has been associated with adverse health outcomes, such as worsening disease, increased mortality and increased healthcare costs
  • Causes of medication non-adherence are complex and often due to a combination of intertwined factors
  • Interventions to improve adherence should be individualised to the patient and targeted to the causes of non-adherence in that patient