Medication adherence, compliance and persistence defined in plain English

A single slide excerpted from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s March 27, 2013 Noon Conference.

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Distinguishing between medication compliance and medication persistence

A study by JA Cramer, et al., “Medication compliance and persistence: terminology and definitions,” Value Health, Jan-Feb 2008

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The preference for the word “adherence” over “compliance” by many healthcare providers

From Lars Osterberg and Terrence Blaschke, “Adherence to Medication,” New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 4, 2005

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