PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In medicine, we call it non-compliance. That’s just another big medical word that gets in the way of communicating information.
A landmark medical study has found that the lack of communication may lead to non-compliance. Far too many patients stop taking their medicine sooner than they have to, and that can be bad.READ MORE: Drag Racing On Temple University's Campus Turns Violent, Police Say
For people with serious conditions like diabetes and heart disease, it isn’t just bad, it can be a killer.READ MORE: Man Dead, Several Children Saved After Thrown Out Of Windows During Southwest Philadelphia Rowhome Fire
A study of more than 1,500 people found that it only took one month after leaving the hospital for one out of eight heart attack patients to quit the life-saving drugs prescribed to them.
The major reasons for quitting? Poor communication.MORE NEWS: 2 Teens Injured In West Philadelphia Shooting, Vehicles, Apartment, Struck By Gunfire, Police Say
Other leading concerns are financial issues and not placing enough importance on taking the medications.