Magazine article Drug Topics

Noncompliance a Big Challenge for Clinic R.Ph.S

Magazine article Drug Topics

Noncompliance a Big Challenge for Clinic R.Ph.S

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While patient noncompliance may be a problem for retail pharmacists, it's an even bigger concern for R.Ph.s who responded to the clinic version of an exclusive Drug Topics-Hospital Pharmacist Report survey on compliance. Forty-four percent of those who responded to this survey said that they highly agree with the statement, "Noncompliance is a big problem among my patients." In contrast, only 24% of independent and chain pharmacists who responded to that question concurred with that statement. Based on a 7-point scale, where 1 equaled "do not agree at all" and 7 equaled "agree very much," 16% of pharmacists gave a 7 rating, 28% gave a 6 rating, and 31% gave a 5 rating regarding the compliance question.

When asked what factors contributed to patient compliance, 48% of the respondents ranked the patient's ability to pay as a factor that highly influences compliance. Other contributors to patient compliance included: the patient started to feel better; the patient was ignorant about his or her disease state/condition; the patient failed to fill his or her prescriptions; side effects caused the patient not to take the medication as prescribed; the dosing schedule of a drug was inconvenient; and the Rx was not picked up. On average, 9% of the Rxs that respondents fill never get picked up by patients going to a clinic.

Even though patient-counseling rates were high (93%), 68% said that factors such as workload are extremely influential in their ability to help patients be compliant. …

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