Determinants of compliance with medication in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: the importance of self-efficacy expectations

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Brus, Herman and Laar, Martin van de and Taal, Erik and Rasker, Johannes and Wiegman, Oene (1999) Determinants of compliance with medication in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: the importance of self-efficacy expectations. Patient Education and Counseling, 36 (1). pp. 57-64. ISSN 0738-3991

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Abstract:In this study we examine which factors are related to compliance with medication in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients: persons suffering recently developed, active RA, who cooperated in a randomized study on the effect of patient education. We analyzed the relation between adherence to Sulphasalazine therapy and personal factors, environmental influences, demographic factors, disease-related factors, and barriers to compliance. Moreover, a logistical regression analysis was performed on these factors, considering 80% a high compliance, both with compliance as dependent factor. Only self-efficacy correlated with compliance (r=0.58; P<0.001). The logistical regression analysis identified self-efficacy as the only factor determining 80% adherence (P=0.01). Self-efficacy regarding the use of prescribed medication is related to compliance with this treatment. Further study is needed to determine the test characteristics of self-efficacy as a predictor for compliance with medication.
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Copyright:© 1999 Elsevier
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/73036
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0738-3991(98)00087-1
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