The relationship between mental health and medication adherence isn’t exactly a new thing. A 2011 report from the RAND center found that depressed patients across a wide array of chronic illnesses were 16% more likely of being non-adherent with their medications compared to patients who were not depressed. At Pack Health we’ve seen this trend as well. In a sample of 347 Pack Health members with cardio-metabolic conditions (such as type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, or obesity), individuals with poor mental health* were found to be 30% less likely to be adherent to their medications than individuals with good mental health** (p < 0.001).
But what can we make of this connection between depression and adherence? There are so many factors at play. To read more click here