HealthDay News — A report by the American Medical Association (AMA) has identified 8 reasons associated with patient’s intentional non-adherence to medications.

Noting that data show about one-quarter of new prescriptions are never filled, and that about 50% of the time patients do not take their medications, the report discusses reasons for intentional non-adherence.

According to the report, fear of potential side effects is one main reason for intentional non-adherence. In addition, cost may affect whether patients fill their prescriptions or ration their medication supply. Misunderstanding the need for medication, the nature of side effects, and the time taken to see results also affects non-adherence. Other factors that impact non-adherence include having too many medications, lack of symptoms, concerns about becoming dependent on medications, and depression. Mistrust of the doctor’s motivations behind prescription of certain medications also influences non-adherence.

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“A free online module can help you address these reasons and improve medication adherence in your practice,” according to the article. “The module, part of the AMA’s STEPS Forward collection, includes practical strategies and tools that you can immediately implement with your practice team.”

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