Medical Nonadherence Prevalence, Consequences, and Correlates
A 10-year-old boy with asthma presents in the emergency room looking pale, having extreme problems breathing, and is admitted to the intensive care unit. After several days, his asthma is stabilized and he is sent home. This pattern has been repeated several times over the past several years for this boy. He and his mother report that he “usually” takes all of his prescribed inhaled and oral medications to treat his asthma and rarely misses a dose. His pulmonary function test results, his frequent visits to the emergency room, and his repeated hospitalizations would suggest otherwise.
KeywordsCystic Fibrosis Medical Regimen Parental Monitoring Lower Adherence Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
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