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Canadian Journal of Cardiology

EDUCATION AS A DETERMINANT OF ADHERENCE TO PHARMACOLOGICAL AND LIFESTYLE INTERVENTIONS POST-MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION

      Studies have demonstrated the role of socioeconomic factors on adherence to evidenced-based therapies. It has been postulated that those with less education, often more impoverished, may exhibit higher rates of medications and exercise non-adherence. As a result, development of simple and affordable tools for non-adherence is necessary. Recent studies have established the ability of repeated reminders, including text messages, to improve adherence to medications and prescribed exercise regimens. This study describes the impacts of education level on adherence to disease modifying medications and cardiac rehabilitation exercise regimens in post-MI patients and the impact of a novel text message reminder system to improve adherence to these therapies, stratified by educational level.
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