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Healthy people's reluctance to take medication is underestimated. Study shows that healthy people's attitude to cardiovascular primary prevention is complex

Magazine article
Authors Lena Björck
Annika Rosengren
Published in Lakartidningen
Volume 18-19
Issue 113
ISSN 1652-7518
Publication year 2016
Published at Institute of Health and Care Sciences
Institute of Medicine, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Language sv
Links www.lakartidningen.se/Klinik-och-ve...
Keywords attitude to health, Cardiovascular Diseases, human, medication compliance, patient participation, primary prevention, Humans, Medication Adherence
Subject categories Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Sciences

Abstract

Physicians often assume that patients have a negligible aversion to lifelong medication and that medication disutility is almost zero.  While a large number of patients are willing to take a lifelong primary prevention therapy that allow them to live longer, there is a group with extreme medication disutility desiring 10 years or more in life expectancy in order to consider therapy. Also, the expected benefits of medication often exceed the real benefits. When initiating medication the patients should be actively involved in the decision-making process. An individualized approach could potentially increase the adherence to therapy.

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