Perceived patient-pharmacist communication and diabetes management: Assessing medication adherence among older patients

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Flores Sandoval, Cecilia
Medication adherence; Pharmacist-patient communication; Diabetes in seniors; Diabetes Medication; Medicine and Health Sciences
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With 50% of patients in North America not taking their medications as they should (Brown & Bussell, 2011), a better understanding of medication adherence among older patients could be helpful to health professionals and service providers. The purpose of this study was to examine whether the perceived pharmacist-patient quality of communication is associated with diabetes medication adherence. Eighty-four older adults from the Primary Care Diabetes Support Program were recruited. Diabetes medication adherence and pharmacist-patient quality of communication were measured using self-report questionnaires. No significant correlation was found between medication adherence and perceived pharmacist-patient quality of communication. Results indicated a significant correlation between medication adherence and the number of years the patient had been diagnosed with diabetes (r=-0.233), as well as the number of medications the patient took (r=-0.284). Patients diagnosed with diabetes for a longer time and patients taking both injections and pills reported to be less adherent.