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International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 39, Issue 2, pp 487–490 | Cite as

Adherence as a language game

  • Espen Skarstein KolbergEmail author
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Abstract

Non-adherence, i.e. medication intake behavior not corresponding with agreed recommendations, is associated with increased morbidity and death, and it has been estimated that as many as 50% of patients in developed countries are not taking their medications as prescribed. But even as efforts in improving medication adherence over the years have increased, results are inconsistent, with only a minority of clinical trials showing any improvement in both adherence and clinical outcome. Since patient education is central to promoting good medication adherence, and language is integral to education, perhaps an exploration of the meaning and use of language, using the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, is in order.

Keywords

Adherence Communication Patient counselling Philosophy of language 

Notes

Funding

The author has not received any funding for preparing and writing this manuscript.

Conflicts of interest

The author has not reported any conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PharmacyTrondheim Hospital PharmacyTrondheimNorway

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