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Memphis Faculty Receives 2017 Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize for Research Related to Cost-related Non-adherence of Medication among Women

A study by University of Memphis School of Public Health assistant professor Dr. Soumitra Bhuyan and colleagues received the 2017 Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize, chosen by the editorial board of Women’s Health Issues. The Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize is awarded annually to recognize excellence in research on women’s health care or policy. Priority is given to manuscripts that report the results of original research and that improve understanding of an important women’s health issue.

[Photo: Dr. Soumitra Bhuyan]

Dr. Bhuyan’s manuscript, “Does Cost-Related Medication Nonadherence among Cardiovascular Disease Patients Vary by Gender?  The study that examined the effect of gender on three types of cost-related non-adherence (CRN) of medication (skipped medication doses to save money, took less medication to save money, and delayed prescription filling to save money).  The study was published in Women’s Health Issues Volume 27, Issue 1 (January/February 2017). This study is collaboration between the University of Memphis, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Nebraska Medical Center, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In this study, Dr. Bhuyan and his colleagues used 2011 – 2014 data from the National Health Interview Survey to examine cost-related medication nonadherence among women and men with cardiovascular disease who had used a prescription medication in the last 12 months. The outcome measure was a composite of cost-related medication nonadherence if any of the following were reported: skipped medication doses to save money, took less medication to save money, and delayed prescription filling to save money. The study found that women were significantly more likely than men to report any of the types of cost-related nonadherence in the composite score. They also report that among all cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients, having no insurance, being in a poorer health, and being a current smoker were associated with cost-related nonadherence. The authors contend that continued monitoring in women with CVD and individuals with poor health is needed as part of the development and improvement of patient-centered interventions.

The Charles E. Gibbs Leadership Prize is awarded annually to recognize excellence in research on women’s health care or policy. Priority is given to manuscripts that report the results of original research and that improve understanding of an important women’s health issue.