Doctor-patient communication plays role in drug adherence

01/1/2013 | Modern Healthcare (subscription required)

Doctors who establish a good, trusting relationship with patients may be able to help improve adherence to prescriptions, a study in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests. Data on 9,377 patients using blood glucose, blood pressure or cholesterol drugs showed 30% may not have been following prescribed directions for medication use, but that number fell to 4% to 6% among patients who reported having better communication with their physicians.

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