Doctors can estimate patient adherence by simply asking about medication routine


A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine says physicians were as likely to accurately estimate patients’ adherence to medication from their descriptions of their medicine routines as by patients’ direct reports of missed medication. A visit to the doctor’s office typically begins with a series of questions, including one about medications. An Iowa State University researcher recommends doctors ask a follow up to that question to make sure patients are taking their medications as prescribed.

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