A Community-Based Intervention for Improving Medication Adherence for Elderly Patients with Hypertension in Korea
AbstractThe chronic disease management program, a community-based intervention including patient education, recall and remind service, and reduction of out-of-pocket payment, was implemented in 2005 in Korea to improve patients’ adherence for antihypertensive medications. This study aimed to assess the effect of a community-based hypertension intervention intended to enhance patient adherence to prescribed medications. This study applied a non-equivalent control group design using the Korean National Health Insurance Big Data. Hongcheon County has been continuously implementing the intervention program since 2012. This study involved a cohort of patients with hypertension aged >65 and <85 years, among residents who lived in the study area for five years (between 2010 and 2014). The final number of subjects was 2685 in both the intervention and control region. The indirect indicators were analyzed as patients’ adherence and level of continuous treatment using the difference-in-difference regression. The proportion of hypertensive patients who continuously received insurance benefits for >240 days in 2014 was 81.0% in the intervention region and 79.7% in the control region. The number of dispensations per prescription and the dispensation days per hypertensive patient in the intervention region increased by approximately 10.88% and 2.2 days on average by month, respectively, compared to those in the control region. The intervention program encouraged elderly patients with hypertension to receive continuous care. Another research is needed to determine whether further improvement in the continuity of comprehensive care will prevent the progression of cardiovascular diseases. View Full-Text
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Son, K.-J.; Son, H.-R.; Park, B.; Kim, H.-J.; Kim, C.-B. A Community-Based Intervention for Improving Medication Adherence for Elderly Patients with Hypertension in Korea. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 721.
Son K-J, Son H-R, Park B, Kim H-J, Kim C-B. A Community-Based Intervention for Improving Medication Adherence for Elderly Patients with Hypertension in Korea. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(5):721.Chicago/Turabian Style
Son, Kang-Ju; Son, Hyo-Rim; Park, Bohyeun; Kim, Hee-Ja; Kim, Chun-Bae. 2019. "A Community-Based Intervention for Improving Medication Adherence for Elderly Patients with Hypertension in Korea." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 5: 721.
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