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How to measure (or not) compliance to eradication therapy

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Author(s): MArtins AP | Ferreira AP | Costa FA | Cabrita J

Journal: Pharmacy Practice
ISSN 1885-642X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 88;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Helicobacter pylori | Peptic ulcer | Compliance | Health status | Drug use | Community pharmacy services | Portugal.

ABSTRACT
This study aimed to test a novel method of compliance measurement in Portuguese community pharmacy in Helicobacter pylori patients. A case series design was used where compliance indicators were electronically measured, aside with patients’ reports. Experienced adverse drug reactions, perceived benefit of therapy and quality of life were also measured. Mean compliance proportion was 56% and a positive impact on patients’ perceived health status was found. The method used was welcomed by community pharmacists, albeit having an influence on patients’ normal behaviour.
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