Adherence to prescribed medications in elderly patients with congestive heart failure

P. Luther, D. Baldus, V. Beckham, C. Wittenberg, M. W. Rich

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Abstract

In this prospective study of 156 patients 70 years of age or older hospitalized with congestive heart failure, the overall medication compliance rate, as assessed by pill counts performed 30 days after discharge, was 85%. Patient-reported behavioral factors significantly influencing compliance included forgetfulness, medication side effects, and a sense that the regimen was 'too much trouble.' Interventions targeting these behavioral variables could further enhance compliance rates and improve clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-34+39
JournalCardiovascular Reviews and Reports
Volume16
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

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