Monday, December 28, 2009

Medication Adherence Varies Between Races

Elderly black Americans use fewer medications than whites and are more likely to skip taking their meds, as detailed in a recent study comprised of 200 patients aged 60 and older.

The most common problems for both whites and blacks were: medication non-adherence (42 percent vs. 68 percent), under treatment (83 percent vs. 87 percent), suboptimal drug use (59 percent vs. 66 percent), and suboptimal dosing (48 percent vs. 56 percent).

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