Why don't people take their blood pressure medicine?

Medication management is a common barrier to high blood pressure control.

In fact 25% of individuals never fill their initial prescription, and in the

first year of treatment, the average individual has possession of their

medications only 50% of the time. There are numerous factors that contribute to

non-adherence: inconsistent providers for individuals who go to the emergency room

for their care, provider level barriers such as limited communication skills, and

at the patient level, the cost of medications. In my research I'm

partnering with patients, healthcare providers, and communities to identify

more effective models of care, improve medication adherence, and ultimately

reduce their risk for heart attack stroke and other consequences of

uncontrolled high blood pressure.