Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure Control

Published: October 07, 2021

Home health care scene shot in Moreno Valley, California in November of 2020.
  • The widespread treatment of hypertension with improvement in blood pressure (BP) has been a major contributor to the large age-specific decline in heart disease and stroke.
  • Gaps persist between public health targets and achieved BP control rates in the United States.
  • This scientific statement summarizes the current knowledge of medication non-adherence in relation to the national prevalence of poor BP control. This summary includes methods for measuring medication adherence, risk factors for antihypertensive medications non-adherence and strategies for improving adherence to antihypertensive medications at the individual and the health system level.