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Increased rates of obesity, sedentary lifestyles and an ageing population have all contributed to the significant increase in the number of people with type 2 diabetes in Australia.
- Nonadherence to medication contributes to poorer outcomes in patients with diabetes.
- About one in three patients with diabetes do not take their medication as prescribed.
- Factors contributing to medication adherence that are amenable to influence by a healthcare professional fall into three broad categories: patient related, medical/treatment related or related to the process of health care.
- Each consultation or encounter is an opportunity for the GP to review how the patient has been managing and taking their medication.
- GPs can assist patients to optimise their medication by adopting a stepwise approach identifying that a patient is not using their medication, exploring the reasons for this and implementing targeted strategies to address underlying barriers.