Many Don't Take Their Medications As Directed

First Posted: Nov 23, 2014 11:00 PM EST

Taking regular medications for a chronic illness can be complicated. Yet now, recent findings show that many who regularly take prescription medications do not always properly follow the right guidelines.

A recent study examined data from 182 clinical trials on medication adherence and patient health. Many studies in the review were rather small, however, researchers found that there was not definitive evidence to suggest that there was no definitive evidence to suggest that patients were taking meditations

"The studies varied so much in terms of their design and their results that it would have been misleading to try to come up with general conclusions," lead researcher Robby Nieuwlaat of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University, in a news release. "Based on this evidence, it is uncertain how adherence to medication can be consistently improved. We need to see larger and higher quality trials, which better take in account individual patient's problems with adherence."

"This review addresses one of the biggest challenges in health care," Dr. David Tovey, Editor in Chief of the Cochrane Library, said in a university release. "It's a real surprise that the vast amount of research that has been done has not moved us further forward in our understanding of how to address this problem. With the costs of health care across the world increasing, we've never needed evidence to answer this question more than we do now."

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