Predictors of Refill Non-Adherence in Patients with Heart Failure
Some of the most effective behavioral strategies include tailoring the medical regimen to the patient's daily routine and lifestyle. A final intervention found to be quite successful in improving and maintaining high levels of adherence to medical recommendations is that of social support, either from a health care professional or within one's personal environment.
George Johnson and Shalansky, Stephen J.; "Predictors of Refill Non-Adherence in Patients with Heart Failure," British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 63:4 (2007); 488:493
Social Support Boosts Adherence and Reduces Hospital Costs
An estimated 400,000 to 700,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year and the number of deaths in the U.S.averages 250,000 annually. An estimated $8-15 billion is spent each year on hospitalizations due to heart failure, which is twice the amount spent for all forms of cancer."