Table 2

Total number of times respondents ranked a reason for patients’ nonadherence to medication as a “top 5” reason

REASONS FOR NONADHERENCETOTAL NO. OF TIMES EASON RANKED IN THE “TOP 5” (N = 1416)% OF ALL RESPONSES
Cost of medication23516.6
Medication side effects (actual or perceived)21415.1
Patient does not perceive the benefit of the medication17512.4
Patient in denial about medical condition or risk16411.6
Patient forgetfulness1258.8
Complexity of medication regimens1158.1
Patient perception that medication is “not natural” or not safe”1158.1
Overemphasis of potential side effects by pharmacists1097.7
Lack of education by physicians about the role or purpose of prescribed medication896.3
Lack of regular reinforcement by physicians453.2
Patient inability to read or understand the prescription label221.5
Other80.6