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 transplant is needed. In addition to the human suffering, the cost of a kidney transplant is $400,000 — all of which could potentially be avoided through medication adherence.[2, 3]
Missing a dose every now and then may not seem like a big problem. But the reality is the number of people who die from poor medical adherence is equal to the number of people who die from a stroke in a year. On top of that, millions have a lower quality of life based on their lack of adherence to a medication schedule.[4, 5]
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 "Targeting Adherence" report, PGEU (2008)