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Running head: IMPACT OF CULTURE ON MEDICATION ADHERENCE Impact of Culture on Medication Adherence Student’s Name Institution Affiliation Date
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IMPACT OF CULTURE ON MEDICATION ADHERENCE 2 Impact of Culture on Medication Adherence Introduction Adherence to medication remains to be the fundamental determinant to the success of treatment and patient outcomes. Failures to adhere to medication pose a serious challenge that affects patients and the entire health care system (Jimmy & Jose, 2011). Non adherence to treatment results in the worsening of disease condition, increased cost of healthcare and death of patients (Jimmy & Jose, 2011). A number of factors account for the non-adherence to medication in patients. These factors include the health care system, the provider of healthcare service, the patient or the interaction of a number of factors. Therefore, it is necessary to identify specific factors that hinder medication non adherence to improve the adherence levels and patient outcomes. According to Jimmy and Jose (2011), while the healthcare professionals have a fundamental role in the improvement of adherence to medication among patients, the cultures of patients largely affect the treatment outcomes. This paper presents my position that culture has a role to play in medication adherence, compliance drug choice and acceptance of an evidence- based plan of medication management. Medication adherence can be described as the level to which the medication-taking behavior of patients matches up with the prescribed medication regimen. Appropriate adherence to prescribed medications is crucial, especially among patients who have chronic conditions in order to prevent the progression of the disease and ultimate death. On the other hand, culture is defined as a set of behavioral patterns that are related to manners, thoughts, and actions, which people in the society share and these behaviors are passed from one generation to another (Hatah, Lim, Ali, et al., 2015). Culture plays an instrumental role in influencing the ability of a patient to adhere to medication. Reports from the World Health organization indicate that less than half of
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IMPACT OF CULTURE ON MEDICATION ADHERENCE 3 patients who suffer from chronic ailments adhere to their ailments (Hatah, Lim, Ali, et al., 2015).
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