Treatment adherence among asthma patients attending a hospital of Ahmedabad.

Published

2018-06-30

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2018.v30i02.006

Keywords:

Asthma, Self-management, Treatment adherence, Treatment behavior

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  • Nency S Patel GCS Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Ahmedabad
  • Donald S Christian GCS Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Ahmedabad
  • Deapali J Kamdar GCS Medical College, Hospital & Research Centre, Ahmedabad
  • Khushbu R Patel Medical Park Plaza Hospital, Houston, Texas, United States

Abstract

Background: The success of treatment in asthma requires long term commitment, adherence and a good self-management. Objectives: To study attitude and behavior related to adherence to medication by patients of asthma in a tertiary care institute and to assess their treatment seeking behavior. Study Settings: Tertiary care institute, Chest Medicine department, Design: Hospital based study. Materials and Methods: All the diagnosed asthma patients (N=100) were enrolled in the defined study period. Structured interviews were done of the diagnosed asthma patients using a predesigned questionnaire. The questions were related to the attitude and behavior towards medications, treatment seeking behavior of the patients and their adherence to treatment.  Results: The study shows that out of 100 respondents, sixty (60%) of the respondents had experienced the symptoms for more than 6 weeks before going to hospital. About half (49%) had learned the use of inhaler from their doctor. Sixty-one (61%) had rated their asthma as “well controlled”. The commonest reason (n=79) for missing dose was “symptoms were relived & it was not necessary to continue treatment”. Conclusion: It could be seen that patient-side delays proved important determinant for treatment of Asthma. The commonest reason for missing dose was temporary relief of symptoms.

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Patel NS, Christian DS, Kamdar DJ, Patel KR. Treatment adherence among asthma patients attending a hospital of Ahmedabad. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2018 Jun. 30 [cited 2023 Feb. 6];30(2):127-32. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/854

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