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      A Medication Template for Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions to Promote Medication Adherence

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      Primary care, Medication Adherence, Compliance, Health improvement, Medication template
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            Abstract

            In primary care setting, patients with chronic illnesses are prescribed and treated with multiple medications. Almost 50% of them do not take their medications as prescribed and this non-adherence causes poor health outcomes and is associated with additional $100 to $300 billion of avoidable health care costs in the US. Main risk factors for this are: low health literacy, lack of self-confidence in understanding purpose, intent, numeracy, dosing schedules, and memory impairment. Educating patients by writing description of medication, its purpose, side effects and additional information in a medication template can overcome the identified issues and improve medication adherence.

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            ScienceOpen Preprints
            ScienceOpen
            17 November 2020
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            [1 ] Canada
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            10.14293/S2199-1006.1.SOR-.PPBJZIH.v1
            838ca554-814d-441a-8316-9d4cc9447932

            This work has been published open access under Creative Commons Attribution License CC BY 4.0 , which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Conditions, terms of use and publishing policy can be found at www.scienceopen.com .


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            General medicine,Medicine
            Medication Adherence,Health improvement,Compliance,Medication template,Primary care

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