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Clinicians often poor at predicting medication adherence
Modern Healthcare

Patients do not always take prescriptions as instructed and doctors cannot always tell who has lapsed, with potentially harmful and costly consequences. But that could change with more training, better tracking and less reliance by clinicians on rules of thumb for quick decisions, wrote three researchers in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Those decision shortcuts can speed treatment, but not always effectively, said Zachary Marcum, a pharmacist and one of the report’s three authors. Research suggests that clinicians often fail to accurately predict how closely patients stick to their prescriptions.