Practitioner 2011;255 (1736): 8

Stroke patients' compliance with medication assessed

24 Jan 2011Registered users

Around three-quarters of patients are still taking all their prescribed medications three months after hospitalisation for stroke, a study from the US has found. Researchers used the Adherence Evaluation After Ischemic Stroke-Longitudinal (AVAIL) Registry, which included 3,068 adult stroke patients at 106 hospitals participating in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association ‘Get with the Guidelines'-Stroke program. Overall, 2,598 patients were contacted three months after hospital discharge and asked about adherence to prescribed antiplatelet drugs, warfarin, antihypertensives, lipid-lowering drugs, and diabetes treatments.

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