What is it about?
Most previous studies of medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes have focused on short time periods. However, once treatment with hypoglycemic medications is initiated, most patients continue to take these medications for several years after diagnosis, necessitating a multi-year adherence study. This study surveyed factors affecting medication adherence in patients with type 2 diabetes over a relatively long period of 3 years. In addition, the impact of medication non-adherence on hemoglobin A1c levels was also investigated.
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Why is it important?
This study surveyed medication adherence for 3 years, and found that subjects aged 50-<60 years, those with ≥3 concomitant medications, and those with a total number of visits ≥17 were more likely to be adherent and persistent. The study showed that good medication adherence has a positive effect on achieving target HbA1c levels.
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This page is a summary of: Determination of factors affecting medication adherence in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients using a nationwide claim-based database in Japan, PLoS ONE, October 2019, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223431.
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