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"Drugs Do Not Work on Patients Who Do Not Take Them" Can We Do Better in Patient Adherence?

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Name: Journal of cardiac failure
ISSN: 1532-8414
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Extent to which the patient follows prescribed treatment such as keeping APPOINTMENTS AND SCHEDULES and MEDICATION ADHERENCE for desired therapeutic outcome. It implies active responsibility shared by patient and health care providers.

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