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Research Article

Non-medical Remedies and Medication Adherence: A Neglected Aspect of Healthcare Delivery

Tony Cassidy*
University of Ulster, Psychology Coleraine, UK
Corresponding Author : Tony Cassidy
University of Ulster
Psychology Coleraine, UK
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Received: October 20, 2015 Accepted: December 16, 2015 Published: December 24, 2015
Citation: Cassidy T (2015) Non-medical Remedies and Medication Adherence: A Neglected Aspect of Healthcare Delivery. J Gen Practice 3:212. doi:10.4172/2329-9126.1000212
Copyright: © 2015 Cassidy T. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

Background: Belief innon-medical remedies such as ‘folk’ cures and faith healing are likely to impact on patients’ relationship with health care, and one area of particular current interest is adherence to medication. Aim: The aim was to explore the impact of such beliefs and patients’ satisfaction with healthcare on self-reported adherence to medication. Method: A survey using questionnaire measures assessed 766 participants (326 males and 440 females) ranging in age from 18-69 years. Results: Results showed that self-reported adherence was significantly correlated with satisfaction with medical interviews but when the individual dimensions of satisfaction were explored it was distress relief and rapport rather than communication that accounted for the variance. Intention to use non-medical treatments was correlated with self-reported non-adherence and was the single significant predictor from multiple regression analysis. Conclusions: It was concluded that cultural beliefs related to non-medical treatments are intricately linked to patients’ interaction with health care. The existence of such beliefs needs to be fully integrated into an analysis of health and illness behaviours, particularly in regard to adherence to medication.

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