Patient adherence to osteoporosis medications: problems, consequences and management strategies.

@article{Papaioannou2007PatientAT,
  title={Patient adherence to osteoporosis medications: problems, consequences and management strategies.},
  author={Alexandra Papaioannou and Courtney C. Kennedy and Lisa R. Dolovich and Elaine Lau and Jonathan D Adachi},
  journal={Drugs & aging},
  year={2007},
  volume={24 1},
  pages={
          37-55
        }
}
Adherence to osteoporosis medications is relatively poor. Approximately 20-30% of patients taking daily or weekly treatments may suspend their treatment within 6 to 12 months of initiating therapy. Patients with poor adherence increase their risk of osteoporotic fractures and hospitalisation. The majority of patients who discontinue therapy appear to do so because of drug-induced adverse effects. Fear of adverse effects or other health risks is another commonly cited reason for discontinuing… CONTINUE READING

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