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Patients who don't take medications as prescribed create 'non-adherence' problem that can be deadly

Dr. DewanSwati Shivale, MDIllness, death and annual health costs of billions of dollars result from people not taking their medicines as prescribed. This age-old problem, called non-adherence, happens all over the world, says Upstate psychiatry resident Swati Shivale, MD (right), who researched the issue with Mantosh Dewan, MD (left), distinguished service professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. The solution they suggest is for doctors to carefully explain the condition and treatment to their patients, who understand and accept responsibility for taking their medicines.