Study: Does electronic prescribing impact medication adherence?

A study in JAMA Dermatology found patients are more likely to fill medications prescribed in an electronic format, rather than a paper format.

The researchers identified 2,496 patients who received a total of 4,318 dermatology prescriptions. They investigated whether the method of prescribing impacted the rate at which patients filled and picked up new medications. The researchers also considered associations between sex, age, relationship status, primary language, race/ethnicity and number of prescriptions.

The overall rate of nonadherence was 31.6 percent, but patients were more likely to fill and pick up medications with an electronic prescription. Patients given an electronic prescription had a 15.2 percent rate of nonadherence, while patients given a paper prescription had a 31.5 percent rate of nonadherence.

Nonadherence rates also increased based upon characteristics like number of prescriptions, language, race/ethnicity and age.

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