Examining medication adherence in older women with coronary heart disease

J Women Aging. 2010;22(3):157-70. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2010.495547.


The purposes of this study were to examine medication adherence in older women with coronary heart disease and to identify barriers and facilitators of medication adherence.

Methods: The study used a semistructured interview guide and established measures to examine medication taking 3 months after hospital discharge.

Results: Thirty-two women completed the study: 65.6% were adherent to medications, but others were less adherent and self-modified their therapy. Over half (52.1%) suffered side effects, 71.9% had experienced psychological barriers, and all had economic barriers. Facilitators included a pillbox system (85%) and discharge medication counseling (90%).

Conclusion: Tailored interventions to improve adherence in older women are needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Comorbidity
  • Coronary Disease / complications
  • Coronary Disease / drug therapy*
  • Coronary Disease / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Medication Adherence / psychology*
  • Medication Adherence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life
  • Women's Health*