Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

What is medication non-adherence?

Dr. Dulan explains medication non-adherence. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Medication non-adherence is a term used to describe when people are not taking their medication the way their doctor prescribed, according to the Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon (CDC).

When doctors prescribe medication, they give specific instructions about how much to take, how often to take it and how long to take it. When people don’t follow those instructions they are not adhering to the medical directions given by their doctor, according to the CDC.

For more information about medical non-adherence, talk with your doctor.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices