Enhancing primary adherence to prescribed medications through an organized health status assessment-based extension of primary healthcare services

Nouh Harsha, Magor Papp, László Kőrösi, Árpád Czifra, Róza Ádány, János Sándor

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This study was part of monitoring an intervention aimed at developing a general practitioner cluster (GPC) model of primary healthcare (PHC) and testing its effectiveness in delivering preventive services integrated into the PHC system. The aim was to demonstrate whether GPC operation could increase the percentage of drugs actually dispensed. Using national reference data of the National Health Insurance Fund for each anatomical–therapeutic chemical classification ATC group of drugs, dispensed-to-prescribed ratios standardized (sDPR) for age, sex, and exemption certificate were calculated during the first quarter of 2012 (before-intervention) and the third quarter of 2015 (post-intervention). The after-to-before ratios of the sDPR as the relative dispensing ratio (RDR) were calculated to describe the impact of the intervention program. The general medication adherence increased significantly in the intervention area (RDR = 1.064; 95% confidence interval (CI): 1.054–1.073). The most significant changes were observed for cardiovascular system drugs (RDR = 1.062; 95% CI: 1.048–1.077) and for alimentary tract and metabolism-specific drugs (RDR = 1.072; 95% CI: 1.049–1.097). The integration of preventive services into a PHC without any specific medication adherence-increasing activities is beneficial for medication adherence, especially among patients with cardiovascular, alimentary tract, and metabolic disorders. Monitoring the percentage of drugs actually dispensed is a useful element of PHC-oriented intervention evaluation frames.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3797
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2 2019



  • Health status assessment
  • Medication adherence
  • Patient
  • Physician cooperation
  • Primary healthcare
  • Relative dispensing ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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