Purpose: This study aimed to define good medication adherence of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and patients.
Methods: Using an interview guide, semi-structured interviews were conducted with four physicians, six pharmacists, six nurses, and two patients. A qualitative analysis method was used to analyze the obtained data.
Results: Based on the analysis, results showed that 81 codes were extracted for the entire subjects as recognition of good medication adherence. They were divided into 4 categories, "understanding prescription medications as instructed by medical professionals," "cooperativeness with medical professionals," "autonomous self-medication," and "harmony between taking medication and daily life," and further into 15 subcategories. Nurses were shown to have the highest number of extracted codes. Comparing the results for medical professionals and patients, differences in subcategory and code contents were observed.
Conclusion: Good medication adherence is recognized differently by medical professionals and patients. It is important for medical professionals to understand that the recognition of medication adherence differs depending on one's function and to support medication in cooperation with others.