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Factors affecting drug treatment compliance in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  17216476     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We prospectively examined 100 rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients to calculate drug compliance rates, characteristics of compliant and non-compliant patients, and changes in compliance over time. Three assessments were obtained over a one-year follow-up. Detailed drug history of RA and for concomitant disease was queried. Sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, and rheumatoid factor values, Ritchie articular index, morning stiffness, and health assessment questionnaire were evaluated. Twenty-six patients (30.2%) were consistently compliant and 10 patients (11.6%) were consistently non-compliant. Older age was associated with a greater likelihood of compliance. Comparison of compliant and non-compliant groups revealed no statistically significant difference in distribution of gender, disease duration, and total number of pills taken for RA and/or total number of pills taken for any reason. In conclusion, compliance to drugs in RA patients is a common problem. Clinical and laboratory activity of RA had less influence on drug compliance. Older age is associated with a greater likelihood of compliance.
Reyhan Tuncay; Emel Eksioglu; Banu Cakir; Eda Gurcay; Aytul Cakci
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-01-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Rheumatology international     Volume:  27     ISSN:  0172-8172     ISO Abbreviation:  Rheumatol. Int.     Publication Date:  2007 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-07     Completed Date:  2007-10-16     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8206885     Medline TA:  Rheumatol Int     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  743-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ministry of Health, Ankara Diskapi Yildirim Beyazit Education and Research Hospital, 57.sok 3/7 06510 Emek, Ankara, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use*
Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy*
Cohort Studies
Middle Aged
Patient Compliance*
Prospective Studies
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0/Antirheumatic Agents

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