Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One Year Before Death, Half of COPD Patients Stopping Medication

Contrary to popular literature, in COPD, those with more severe symptoms are less adherent. A recent study has found that, in the final year of their lives, only half of the 11,376 patients had used any medication at all. For patients taking monotherapy, 40% discontinued after 30 days, and 70% discontinued after 90 days. A first in its kind, the study suggests that the lack of adherence seen in MI patients upon discharge may in fact be part of a trend involving less adherence in the most severe patients across disease populations.

See the Pubmed article for a C&P breakdown by medication type