Study: Physician Communication Key to Medication Adherence
Jan. 3 —
Patients who give their physicians low marks for communicating with patients and involving them in decision making are less likely to take their medications as instructed, according to a recent study.
The study, featured in JAMA Internal Medicine
, examined 9,377 patients who were taking medications to control their blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol. Thirty percent of patients in the survey were not taking their medications as instructed by their physicians. Researchers found that patients who gave their physicians poor ratings for communication were less likely to adhere to their physicians’ instructions regarding medication use. Medication adherence was determined by measuring delays in refilling prescriptions.
Meanwhile, patients who gave their physicians high ratings for involving them in decision making, understanding their problems with treatment, and eliciting confidence and trust were 4 to 6 percent more likely to adhere to instructions regarding medications.
The study suggests that physicians who take the time to communicate effectively with patients can support better outcomes, a researcher for the University of California, San Francisco who is the lead author of an article on the study said in a release
Publication Date: Thursday, January 03, 2013