People with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lupus Often Skip Their Medications

November 2010

ATLANTA - People with rheumatic diseases don't take their medication on a regular basis, and this leads to poor outcomes in their disease treatment, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta.

Treatment adherence (consistently and correctly following the treatment plan outlined by a health care professional) is a crucial part of successfully managing rheumatic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Although there are multiple ways health care professionals can monitor if their patients are taking medications as prescribed, electronic monitoring is considered one of the most accurate.

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