Managed Health Care Connect April 16, 2021

Isolation, among other social determinants of health (SDoH) like economic instability, could play a role in reducing medication adherence, according to a poster presentation from AMCP 2021.

“It is postulated that addressing the nonmedical influences on an individual’s health can improve healthy behaviors and medical outcomes,” said the researchers. “A previous study reported an 11% reduction in total health care expenditure 1 year after meeting patients’ social needs.”

In order to quantify, researchers designed a study to examine the impact of SDoH on medication adherence among patients using angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), statins, and oral diabetes medications (ODMs).

The retrospective, cross-sectional study comprised 237 patients enrolled in a Texas Medicare Advantage Plan (MAP) between January 2019...

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