We need to understand why patients who have suffered a stroke would put themselves at risk for a 2nd event. The reasons for going off medication were multiple. And some of them are no surprise.
- Not understanding the importance of the medication
- Not understanding how to take the medication or to refill prescriptions
- Increasing age and confusion
- Financial hardship
- Too many confusing medications
- Lack of health insurance
Before the patient leaves the hospital, we need to understand all of these dynamics.
This study shows us how far we need to go to be a truly great health care country.