Studies have shown that non-adherence to medication plans can lead to increased hospitalizations and healthcare costs.
According to the World Health Organization, medication non-adherence is a significant public health concern and has been associated with approximately 50% of treatment failures, 125,000 deaths, and up to $300 billion in additional healthcare costs in the United States each year.
One study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that among patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes, non-adherence to medication was associated with a 50% increased risk of hospitalization.
Another study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that among patients with heart failure, medication non-adherence was associated with a 2.5 times greater risk of hospitalization.
Overall, it is clear that non-adherence to medication plans can have significant consequences for patients, including increased hospitalizations and healthcare costs. It is important for healthcare providers to work with their patients to ensure that they understand the importance of medication adherence and provide support and resources to help them follow their medication plans.