Being Unemployed Compromises Healthy Regimens

Researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Maryland College of Nursing, and the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy reached a not-so-surprising conclusion: Unemployment, when you should be working, is not good for you.

Notably, their conclusions, published in the journal Health Outcomes Research in Medicine, argue that:

-- Compared to working diabetics, unemployed people who are of working age and who have diabetes are less likely to adhere to oral anti-diabetic drug regimens;
-- Compared to people without diabetes, people with diabetes who are of working age are more likely to be jobless.

Failure to adhere to prescribed drug regimens

Patients' failure to adhere to prescribed drug regimens absolutely haunt the prescribing doctors, yet it happens frequently. When patients don't finish antibiotic regimens, they risk their own health and they weaken the strength of antibiotics in general. But this failure to adhere extends beyond minor infections--it's even seen in cancer care, where you might expect adherence to be 100 percent.

It is therefore not surprising to find it in the diabetic setting, although researchers uncovered several reasons beyond employment why patients might not stick to their drug regimens. They include having medical insurance, going through periods of joblessness, enduring personal financial issues, general lifestyle issues, and stress, among others.

"Workforce participation for adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions command the attention of public policymakers, particularly when prioritizing resource allocation," said lead author Rajesh Balkrishnan of the University of Michigan.

"As a starting position, health care providers and systems need standard processes to identify individuals facing financial pressure and their vulnerability to lower medication adherence."

Source: Medical News Today

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