Thesis

Medication Adherence in the Older Adult

Statement of Problem
 
 Medication adherence in the older adult population has been a prevalent problem for decades. Hundreds of randomized control trials have been performed in hopes of finding the etiology to this issue with little resolved. To this day the true rate of medication non-adherence is still unknown, often over estimated and biased.
 
 Sources of Data
 
 Using the well-known brown bag method, older adults were asked to bring in their prescribed medications at two separate occasions, two weeks apart to check for adherence rates. After the pill count was completed the older adults were then given a survey regarding factors that affected their medication taking in the past two weeks.
 
 Conclusions Reached
 
 The older adult population is a difficult age group to work with. In conclusion, with the difficulties and limitations faced with participant recruitment, the end result continues to reinforce that medication non-adherence is consistent with a larger body of research.

Thesis work on medication adherence in the older adult

Statement of Problem Medication adherence in the older adult population has been a prevalent problem for decades. Hundreds of randomized control trials have been performed in hopes of finding the etiology to this issue with little resolved. To this day the true rate of medication non-adherence is still unknown, often over estimated and biased. Sources of Data Using the well-known brown bag method, older adults were asked to bring in their prescribed medications at two separate occasions, two weeks apart to check for adherence rates. After the pill count was completed the older adults were then given a survey regarding factors that affected their medication taking in the past two weeks. Conclusions Reached The older adult population is a difficult age group to work with. In conclusion, with the difficulties and limitations faced with participant recruitment, the end result continues to reinforce that medication non-adherence is consistent with a larger body of research.

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