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Adherence and medication instructions. Review and recommendations.

Authors
  • Morrow, D1
  • Leirer, V
  • Sheikh, J
  • 1 Decision Systems, Stanford, California 94305.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1988
Volume
36
Issue
12
Pages
1147–1160
Identifiers
PMID: 3057053
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Prescription medication nonadherence among the elderly is a serious medical problem. Nonadherence is primarily caused by poor communication between health professionals and elderly patients. More specifically, nonadherence often reflects the inability of patients to understand and remember their medication instructions. Therefore, adherence can be increased by designing instructions that enable elders to easily construct a clear and simple mental model of how to take their medication. Inexpensive microcomputer-based hardware and software makes it possible for pharmacists to provide elderly patients with effective instructions.

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