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Medication adherence improves blood pressure control in chronic kidney disease
Date:11/3/2010

80 mm of Hg) versus normal, based on the national guidelines for hypertension management in kidney disease.

Medication adherence was calculated using medication possession ratio, meaning the actual treatment days divided by the total possible treatment days.

"Good versus poor medication adherence groups were compared for differences in demographic, co-morbid and laboratory variables," says Kristen Schmitt, chief of pharmacy at the Cincinnati VA and the lead author of the study. "Results showed that while 67 percent of patients took their medication properly, a total of 33 percent of patients had poor medication adherence. More importantly, those with poor adherence were 23 percent more likely to have sub-optimal blood pressure control during the entire two-year study period."

"With this data, we hope to develop a multidisciplinary approach to help kidney disease patients adhere to their prescribed blood pressure medications. This will not only improve their clinical outcomes but will also help in reducing costs of care," she continues.

"Although the results represent a large sample of patients, they are derived from a single center," adds Thakar. "Further investigations are needed to accurately assess the impact of medication adherence on cardiovascular and renal outcomes in practice."


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Contact: Katie Pence
katie.pence@uc.edu
513-558-4561
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
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