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Medication Adherence Among Patients With Comorbid Diabetes
Robert Okwemba; Elina Medvedeva, M.S.; Andrew Wang, M.P.H.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.004982012
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The authors are affiliated with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion, Department of Veterans Affairs, Philadelphia.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: Medication nonadherence is a significant issue for patients with diabetes and serious mental illness (1). Determining the causes of nonadherence is challenging. In a study of veterans with schizophrenia, adjusted analyses found that adherence to medication for a comorbid general medical condition was worse than adherence to antipsychotic medication (2). In this study, we explored whether adherence to diabetes medications is correlated with adherence to psychiatric medications among veterans with comorbid diabetes and serious mental illness.

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