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Evaluation of drug adherence in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation according to geographic regions of Turkey: an analysis from NOAC-TR study

Volkan Emren, Mehdi Zoghi, Gonul Aciksari, Abdullah Aslan, Baris Celebi, Murat Bilgin, Oktay Senoz, Ilgin Karaca, Abdurrahman Akyuz, Salih Kilic, Sinan Inci


Drug adherence to novel oral anticoagulants (NOAC) varied by countries and popuplations. As a result of NOAC-TR study, in Turkey, drug adhrence to NOACs is poor comparing to other real world studies. However it is not known whether there is a difference between geographic regions of Turkey in terms of NOAC adherence. In this study we aim to investigate the NOAC adherence in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation according to the geographic regions in Turkey Method: This cros-sectional study was designed as a subgroup study of NOAC-TR (Drug Adherence in patients with non valvular atrial fibrillation taking non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in Turkey). A total of 2802 patients (59% female) taking NOAC (Dabigatran, apixaban, rivaroxaban) due to NVAF at least 3 months, were included. Morisky-8 item drug adherence scale was used. Patients were divided in 3 groups (high, moderate and low adherent) based on drug adherence Results: Of the patients 24% were adherent, 26% were moderate adhererent and 50% were low adherent to NOAC treatment. Drug adhrence was different between geographic regions (p

Key words: Novel oral anticoagulants, drug adherence, morisky scale, geographic differences

Med-Science. 2017; 6(4): 689-695

Medicine Science Vol:6 Issue:4 Year:2017 PP:614-792
Posted in Vol: 6 Issue: 4 Year: 2017 December pp: 614-792

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