Recently, Rita Rubin of the USA Today did a nice piece on the issue of patient compliance; specifically why they not take their medications. Here is the link:
The reasons patients don't take their medications are summarized below:
Personally, I think there are some other reasons as well. One of my medical partners think patients just come to us for reassurance. She also thinks that doctors need to be good salespeople and many of us are not. We need to SELL them on why they need to use it. The last reason not mentioned in the story, however, may be the strongest. It is my opinion that people will not take medication long if the disease they are taking them for does NOT give them symptoms. In other words, they will take their pain medication. They will take their GERD medication. They will take their angina medication. Hypertension, high cholesterol and osteoporosis give no symptoms and I will guarantee they are the most common drugs people stop taking.
Any other thoughts? What do you think of the doctors as salespeople concept?