Survey: Lack of confidence leads to nonadherence

April 30, 2007

A survey by Harris Interactive found that patients' lack of confidence in drug safety and their experiences with adverse reactions to prescribed medications leads to nonadherence.

A survey by Harris Interactive found that patients' lack of confidence in drug safety and their experiences with adverse reactions to prescribed medications leads to nonadherence, which includes not taking prescription medications as directed (noncompliance) and not filling prescriptions over time (lack of persistence). This study found that while the majority of adults are confident in their knowledge and safety of prescribed medications, a large number of people are not so inclined. A substantial number of people are also concerned about the possibility of adverse reactions to prescription drugs. The on-line survey was conducted among 1,726 adults between Oct. 2 and Oct. 30, 2006. The survey was conducted for the Pharmaceutical Safety Institute.

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