Medication adherence has been the subject of many studies evaluating the complexities of the multiple factors that influence patients’ decision-making processes that result in either intentional or unintentional non-adherence.
Whilst various models have been designed to support both patients and healthcare professionals to increase levels of adherence, there is a paucity of UK-based research examining adherence in black and minority ethnic (BME) groups.
Therefore, in addition to applying indirect methods of assessing levels of adherence, supplemented by social research, the Pharmacy Practice Research Group was in an exceptional position to:
- explore and gain an invaluable insight into the influence of culture and religion on patients’ health beliefs and attitudes
- examine; the impact of language differences, levels of health literacy and the effects of socio-economic adversity on medication adherence.