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Ann Behav Med. 2013 Oct;46(2):237-42. doi: 10.1007/s12160-013-9492-8.

Medication adherence is associated with having a caregiver among cardiac patients.

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Columbia University Medical Center/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Medication non-adherence is a significant contributor to suboptimal control of blood pressure and lipids.

PURPOSE:

This study determined if having a paid and/or family caregiver was associated with medication adherence in patients hospitalized for cardiovascular disease.

METHODS:

Consecutive patients admitted to the cardiovascular service at a university medical center who completed a standardized questionnaire about medication adherence and caregiving (paid/professional or family member/friend) were included in this analysis (N = 1,432; 63 % white; 63%male).

RESULTS:

Among cardiac patients, 39 % reported being prescribed ≥ 7 different medications, and one in four reported being non-adherent to their medication(s). Participants who reported having/planning to have a paid caregiver were 40 % less likely to be non-adherent to their medications compared to their counterparts. The association remained significant after adjustment for demographic confounders and comorbid conditions (OR = 0.49; 95 %CI = 0.29-0.82).

CONCLUSION:

Cardiac patients with a paid caregiver were half as likely to be non-adherent to medications as those without caregivers.

PMID:
23536121
PMCID:
PMC3787847
DOI:
10.1007/s12160-013-9492-8
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