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Pol. Merkur. Lek (Pol. Med. J.), 2012, XXXIII/198: 378-381

Title: New insight into medication adherence in chronic skin diseases

Authors: Broniarczyk-Dyła G., Pajor A.

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New insight into medication adherence in chronic skin diseases

Broniarczyk-Dyła G., Pajor A.

Department of General and Estetic Dermatology, and Dermatosurgery, Medical University of Łódź, Poland

In everyday medical practice, often even carefully designed treatment plan does not bring the expected results. In such cases, it often turns out that the reason of it is lack of patient compliance to doctor’s recommendations (non-adherence). This problem affects up to 50% of patients, it may be the result of many factors, such as their socioeconomic status, knowledge, motivation for treatment, and the availability and quality of medical care. The relationship between doctor and patient, the nature of disease, drug prices and the possibility of adverse side effects are also significant. Lack of involvement of patients in the treatment process is particularly evident in chronic diseases that require prolonged and regular treatment. Interpersonal skills of the clinician and a possibility to establish a good relationship between doctor and patient have strong influence on adherence. In the Internet age, patients often gain on their own information about their disease, which can both positively and negatively affect the healing process. For this reason, one of the factors that increase the compliance is a proper education of patients. In addition, the doctor may use several other useful methods to enhance the therapeutic effect. Patient's preference when selecting medicinal preparations, simplifying treatment regimens and accurate information given to patients regarding the use of drugs also have a significant impact in such cases.

Key words: compliance, adherence, patient-doctor relationship, psychodermatology

Pol. Merk. Lek., 2012, XXXIII, 198, 378