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Am J Public Health. 2002 Jul;92(7):1120-4.

Prescription noncompliance due to cost among adults with disabilities in the United States.

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  • 1Department of Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. jjkenned@mail.wsu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study estimated national prevalence rates of medication noncompliance due to cost and resulting health problems among adults with disabilities.

METHODS:

Analyses involved 25,805 respondents to the Disability Follow-Back Survey, a supplement to the 1994 and 1995 National Health Interview Surveys.

RESULTS:

Findings showed that about 1.3 million adults with disabilities did not take their medications as prescribed because of cost, and more than half reported health problems as a result. Severe disability, poor health, low income, lack of insurance, and a high number of prescriptions increased the odds of being noncompliant as a result of cost.

CONCLUSIONS:

Prescription noncompliance due to cost is a serious problem for many adults with chronic disease or disability. Most would not be helped by any of the current proposals to expand Medicare drug coverage.

PMID:
12084695
PMCID:
PMC1447201
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