Table 4

Reasons for medication non-adherence that led to hospital admissions

Reasons for non-adherence to medicationStudies (n)
 Experienced adverse events or side effects42 22 24 32
 Perceived as not necessary42 22 24 32
 Forgetfulness32 22 32
 Cognitive impairment or because of senility224 31
 Disliked taking medication22 32
 Visits to the clinic for continued medication administration considered a burden122
 Misunderstood the instruction from their general practitioner124
 Poor social circumstance131
Healthcare professional-related
 Confusing directions for use22 22
 Inadequate instruction22 32
 Switched to a non-conventional prescription132
Healthcare system-related
 Cost of medication22 32