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Review: good adherence to drug therapy is associated with reduced mortality

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Q What is the relation between adherence to drug therapy and mortality?


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randomised controlled trials (RCTs) or observational studies in any language that evaluated the association between adherence to drug therapy and mortality, explained methods used to measure adherence, provided clear definitions of good adherence, and stratified patients into good and poor adherence groups. Studies that …

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  • For correspondence: Dr S H Simpson, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ssimpson{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.