Medication Non-Adherence Drives Up Pediatric Costs

A new study in the journal Pediatrics has found that medication non-adherence increases healthcare use in pediatric patients with chronic medical conditions.

Researchers meta-analyzed 10 studies that tested the relationship between medication non-adherence and any type of healthcare use or healthcare cost for children with chronic conditions 18 years old and younger.

Approximately 90 percent of the material reviewed showed a significant relationship between medication non-adherence and increased healthcare costs and use, demonstrating a need to update protocols to improve pediatric medication adherence, according to the researchers. 

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