While the practitioner strives to maintain patient motivation and compliance in the face of polypharmacy, patients are bombarded periodically by negative material in the popular media.
- Some patients with an acute coronary syndrome are transformed from good health, on little or no medication, to a situation of ongoing polypharmacy.
- Patients often resent this situation on the grounds of convenience and financial burden.
- The popular media regularly publish unbalanced and hysterical stories in relation to medical matters, making the situation even more difficult for both the patient and doctor.
- Practitioners have the difficult task of keeping one step ahead of what patients may see in the popular media.