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Improving compliance among hypertensives: a triage criterion with cost-benefit implications.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6813604     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Triage method based upon individual patient characteristics is developed to determine the most effective health education interventions for hypertensive patients. The sample included 402 patients randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The efficacy of a triage process, whereby patients are subdivided into groups that are more predisposed to benefit from a given health education approach, is discussed. From a limited cost-benefit evaluation, it appears that the benefits of the triage method for achieving medication compliance clearly outweigh its costs only in the case of the highly depressed patients (24 per cent of the sample). Different levels of depression were found to be differentially responsive to different health education treatments for achieving adherence to medication. The most depressed patients were more responsive to family member reinforcement, a 156 per cent increase in the number of high compliers as compared to no intervention.
S R Eastaugh; M E Hatcher
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical care     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0025-7079     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Care     Publication Date:  1982 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-12-18     Completed Date:  1982-12-18     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0230027     Medline TA:  Med Care     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1001-17     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Cost-Benefit Analysis
Hypertension / psychology*,  therapy
Middle Aged
Patient Compliance*
Patient Education as Topic*
Patients / classification
Random Allocation
Statistics as Topic
Grant Support
1-32(HL)-07180/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS; HL-17016, MH-14567/HL/NHLBI NIH HHS

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