“Lack of adherence to medical aid is a critical public health challenge”

In India and around the world, the lack of adherence to medical treatment is a major public health challenge. This may have important implications for India, where non-compliance with hypertension or cardiovascular complications, for example, has been observed in 49.67% of patients, experts from all therapeutic areas said at the time. a virtual knowledge session on “Membership: from treating illnesses to treating people.”

In addition to being the most important cause of uncontrolled blood pressure, according to the World Health Organization, it is also responsible for uncontrolled blood sugar levels, a problem that persists in nearly 76.6% of diabetics. If left untreated, it can lead to complications such as the risk of ischemic heart disease, retinal disease or blindness.

Addressing this challenge of low adherence can therefore be beneficial for India’s growing diabetic population of 77 million people (8.9% of the country’s population).

Globally, it is estimated that 31% of patients never fill their prescriptions and 50% do not take treatment as directed by their doctor. Non-adherence to treatment has a drastic impact on our health and our healthcare system, from the cost of treatment to the increase in health complications, to the risk of morbidity and mortality, the experts said.