- January 18th 2013
Patients who give their physicians low grades are likelier to have lapses in drug adherence, said a study of nearly 10,000 Northern California patients with diabetes.
Thirty-nine percent of patients who said they never or only sometimes have confidence in their primary care physicians skipped their cardio-metabolic medicines at least 20% of the time, the study said. That is a non-adherence rate 11 percentage points higher than for patients who said they usually or always trust their doctors.
Similar drug compliance gaps were found for patients who said their doctors did not involve them in decisions or understand their problems with treatment, or put the patient’s needs first, said the study.
The findings shed light on the critical role the patient-physician relationship plays in achieving the optimal drug compliance essential to attaining treatment goals, said Neda Ratanawongsa, MD, MPH, lead author of the study, which was published online Dec. 31, 2012, in Archives of Inte [Read more]