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Contact: Thania Benios
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Adherence, Race, and Gender

Caption: A study led by researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill examined the prescription records for 85,017 Medicare beneficiaries who were hospitalized for a heart attack in 2008 and survived at least 30 days after discharge. The results showed that while patients of different race and gender groups had similar likelihood of starting preventive medications after discharge, their odds of staying on the regimens a year later varied significantly. Here is a look at how likely patients from each race and gender groups are to fill their prescriptions for three medications commonly prescribed to reduce the risk of future heart attacks.

Credit: John Zhu

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