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Noncompliance to medication is a leading issue and a huge burden in our current health care system. Poor adherence has shown to decrease the effects of prescribed medications or other treatments and increase the likelihood of poor outcomes. A community-based cross-sectional study was conducted in the urban field practice area of RajaRajeswari Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India, among all the elderly aged .60 years, using a semistructured and pretested questionnaire. The study included 153 elderly participants, among whom 89 were males and 64 were females. Out of the 153 participants, 125 (81.69%) had some or the other illness. Out of the 125 who were ill, only 78 (62.4%) were taking treatment regularly. The remaining 47 (37.6%) were noncompliant to treatment. The main factors for noncompliance were forgetfulness 16 (34%) and symptomatic improvement 10 (21.3%).

Keywords: Bengaluru, Elderly, Noncompliance to treatment, Urban.

How to cite this article: Rajitha T, Parasuramalu BG. Factors influencing Noncompliance to Treatment among Elderly in the Urban Field Practice Area of RajaRajeswari Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka. J Med Sci 2017;3(1):11-14.

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