Clinicians often assume that a patient instructed to take a medication once a day
will follow directions without a problem. While it seems easy to adhere to a daily
medication regimen, patient factors that clinicians may not consider can come into
the equation and affect patient adherence.
My poster analyzes patterns of adherence to once daily Lunesta in a sample of
10 patients enrolled in Dr. Cynthia Gross’s pilot study, Meditation vs.
Pharmacotherapy #1 (MVP #1). The patients in this sample all had a diagnosis of
primary chronic insomnia and received instructions on how to take their Lunesta,
how to taper off before the end of the study, and possible side effects. A sleep
physician also went over sleep hygiene with them. My poster tracks the patients’
medication-taking behavior over the course of the 5-month study and comments
on whether the trends and outcomes follow “what the doctor prescribed”.