Medication Nonadherence: An Unrecognized Cardiovascular Risk Factor

Mark A. Munger, PharmD; Benjamin W. Van Tassell, PharmD; Joanne LaFleur, PharmD, MSPH


September 19, 2007


In summary, patient nonadherence is a universal significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, thereby requiring a comprehensive intervention approach. For many patient populations, dynamic communication between the healthcare team and the patient is a key factor in fostering adherence with long-term medication regimens. Educational programs that inform patients about their disease and the importance of adherence, interdisciplinary approaches to monitoring adherence, and utilization of home-based technologies can also aid in increasing adherence. New therapeutic modalities to treat hypertension with increased efficacy and fewer adverse effects may also contribute to greater adherence.

Authors' Contributions: The outline, writing, and editing of the manuscript were undertaken by the authors in an equal workload distribution.


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