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Revista Portuguesa de Medicina Geral e Familiar

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COELHO, André et al. Research on medication adherence in the Portuguese population: a scoping review. Rev Port Med Geral Fam [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.4, pp.262-276. ISSN 2182-5173.

Aim: To conduct a structured literature review describing the scope (quantity, focus, and nature) of published original research on medication adherence in the Portuguese population. Data sources: Studies on medication adherence were searched on MEDLINE, Web of Science, SciELO, and B-on. Methods: The scoping review was conducted in December 2014 using the data sources, searching for studies on medication adherence in the Portuguese population, conducted after 2005, and/or published until the end of 2014. Results: We identified 82 publications and 26 were selected for this review. Most studies were conducted on populations in the North and in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region. There were no studies on initiation of treatment and only one study on discontinuation. There was variability on the methods used for data collection and measures used for evaluation of adherence. Questionnaires were the main source of information. Adherence rates varied from 41.6% to 89%, depending on the disease or condition studied. Conclusions: The different methods used for data collection and evaluation of adherence, the short periods of time for data collection, and the exclusive analysis of the implementation of treatment disregarding the factors that determine initiation and discontinuation of treatment, hinder the study of medication adherence in the Portuguese population using recently published research

Keywords : Medication adherence; Review; Portugal.

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