In a world with ever increasing costs for treatment and medication, it gets more crucial every day that the medication prescribed reaches the best treatment results possible. It's well known that an important factor in the success of medical treatment is good adherence.
Low adherence results in poor health and increased healthcare utilization. For example, if a person with a kidney transplant misses enough doses their graft will be lost and a new organ and surgery is needed. Apart from the human suffering the costs of a kidney transplant is $400,000. This human suffering and cost can, and should, be prevented.[2, 3]
Missing a dose every now and then might not seem like a big problem. The reality is that it's about as many people dying from poor medication adherence as it is from stroke. On top of that millions are not living as well as they could if they would have been adherent to their medication.[4, 5]
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 "Targeting Adherence" report, PGEU (2008)