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Mikayla CarltonFollow

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Open Access

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Oral Presentation

Department

Public Health

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to delve into the topics of medication adherence, medical mistrust, and resulting or concomitant self-medication in order to define relationships and suggest solutions. There seems to be a relationship between greater medical mistrust and lower levels of medication adherence, as well as patients’ likelihood to self-medicate. Lack of medication adherence contributes to chronic disease and an increase in spending toward treatment both by the patient and the health-care industry over time. Medical mistrust has the potential to negatively influence medication adherence as it may prevent people from even seeking treatment. Self-medication may result from medical mistrust when medical attention is necessary to fully and effectively treat the patient’s affliction. This never-ending cycle is a detriment to the patient's’ overall health. This study will investigate the severity of these issues and the relationship between these phenomena. Issues and barriers like insurance and its effect on the topic of self-medication will also be evaluated. By assessing these issues in isolation and their interactions, their relationships can be better understood so that solutions can be investigated.

Faculty Mentor

Laura Kicklighter, Tonya Price, Beth McKinney

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Defining Relationships Between Medication Adherence, Medical Mistrust, and Self-Medication

The purpose of this research is to delve into the topics of medication adherence, medical mistrust, and resulting or concomitant self-medication in order to define relationships and suggest solutions. There seems to be a relationship between greater medical mistrust and lower levels of medication adherence, as well as patients’ likelihood to self-medicate. Lack of medication adherence contributes to chronic disease and an increase in spending toward treatment both by the patient and the health-care industry over time. Medical mistrust has the potential to negatively influence medication adherence as it may prevent people from even seeking treatment. Self-medication may result from medical mistrust when medical attention is necessary to fully and effectively treat the patient’s affliction. This never-ending cycle is a detriment to the patient's’ overall health. This study will investigate the severity of these issues and the relationship between these phenomena. Issues and barriers like insurance and its effect on the topic of self-medication will also be evaluated. By assessing these issues in isolation and their interactions, their relationships can be better understood so that solutions can be investigated.