Stick with treatment to survive

Answer: Only about 25% of patients adhere to treatment.

A meta-analysis was carried out to see how this affects mortality. A literature search found over 6000 references but only 21 were included in the analysis.

There were eight randomised, placebo-controlled trials and 13 cohort studies involving a total 47,000 people.

Two trials were for the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and eight evaluated drug therapy after myocardial infarction. Seven studies were in patients with HIV.

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