Medication adherence is a major public health concern that results in poor health outcomes and significantly increased health care costs. Medication nonadherence rates appear to be higher in non-white patients, including Latino patients. Spanish-speaking patients may receive insufficient care and incur greater negative health outcomes because of language barriers, and medication nonadherence is a contributing factor to this problem. The effect of language barriers on medication adherence will be discussed as well as practitioner considerations for addressing the challenge.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Medicine (miscellaneous)
- Health Policy
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health