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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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TEJADA-LLACSA, Paul Jesús et al. Osteoporosis medication adherence in postmenopausal women in a referral hospital, Peru 2013. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2015, vol.76, n.1, pp.43-46. ISSN 1025-5583.

Background: About 50% of osteoporotic patients tend to discontinue treatment even though its effectiveness in lowering fracture risk has been largely proven. Objective: To assess non-adherence to osteoporosis treatment and its associated factors. Design: Cross-sectional study. Participants: Osteoporotic postmenopausal women. Setting: Rheumatology service, Alberto Sabogal Hospital, EsSalud, Callao, Peru. Interventions: Osteoporotic postmenopausal women were invited to complete a questionnaire. Morisky-Green (MG) test was used to measure adherence. Main outcome measures: Percentage and associated characteristics to non-adherence. Results: Eighty-one women participated in the questionnaire, the mean age was 67.1 years (± 8.2), and the percentage of non-adherence to treatment was 80.2%. Number of comorbidities, number of additional drugs, diabetes mellitus and lack of interest in search of information on the disease were associated to non-adherence. Interpretation: Percentage of non-adherence was high, in contrast to other studies. Future studies to characterize this problem in our context are needed.

Keywords : Osteoporosis; medication adherence; treatment.

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