Non-adherence in older people: intentional or unintentional?

D Bhattacharya, David Wright, J. R Purvis, A. J Corlett

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Abstract of a poster presented in the practice research session of the British Pharmaceutical Conference, Manchester, 27-29 Sep 2004. This study measured non-adherence in 100 older patients (median age 82.9yr; 37% male) discharged into the community from a care of the elderly ward over 24 months via dosage unit count (DUC) and self-report questionnaire (medication adherence report scale). Via DUC, 53.1% were adherent with all of their prescribed drugs, 9.2% non-adherent with all prescribed drugs and 37.7% adherent with some of their prescribed drugs. Overall values for methods of deviation with all 126 drugs were that unintentional non-adherence was reported by 38 (10.9%) and intentional by 53 (26.1%) of all 100 patients. Patients were non-adherent with different drugs for different reasons. Concludes that intentional non-adherence predominates in older patients and is dependent upon the drug prescribed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Pharmacy Practice
Issue numberSupplement R63
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2004

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