Knowledge and compliance with medications in South East Asian refugees

A. Lee, D. Buchwald, T. M. Hooton

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We evaluated knowledge about prescribed medications and compliance with taking those medications in 96 South East Asian refugees of different ethnic backgrounds seen in a primary care clinic. Two hundred and thirty (88%) of 262 prescribed medications were currently being taken by the patients. Although 97% of the medications were either named or described correctly, the correct rationale for taking the medication was known for only 79% and the correct dosage regimen for only 63%. Thirty-two (33%) of the 96 patients were not taking one or more of their prescribed medications, 17 (18%) were taking one or more medications not prescribed, 5 (5%) were taking duplicate forms of the same medication, and 4 (4%) were taking a medication that had been discontinued by the clinic provider. Seventy-two (75%) patients were taking one or more medications at in incorrect dose. Only 12 (12%) patients were fully compliant with all prescribed medications. We conclude that knowledge about and compliance with medications is a major problem among South East Asian patients attending a primary care refugee clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-204
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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