Patient Adherence to Treatment Regimen

Authored by: Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob , Elizabeth Schlenk , Maura McCall

Handbook of Health Psychology

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  April  2012

Print ISBN: 9780805864618
eBook ISBN: 9780203804100
Adobe ISBN: 9781136638299


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Although attention has been given to identifying and intervening on poor adherence to treatment regimen for more than 35 years, the problem remains a significant one in health care. In an environment struggling to contain health care costs, billions of dollars are wasted treating the consequences of poor adherence. This chapter will address the impact of poor adherence on health care costs as well as on clinical outcomes and will update information on the magnitude of the problem as well as the efforts to predict, remediate, or prevent it. The confounding influence of multiple definitions and measurement methods will also be addressed.

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