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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
GIMENES, Heloisa Turcatto; ZANETTI, Maria Lúcia and HAAS, Vanderlei José. Factors related to patient adherence to antidiabetic drug therapy. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.1, pp. 46-51. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692009000100008.
The objective of the present study was to assess patient adherence to antidiabetic drug therapy and its association with factors related to the patient, patient-provider relationship, therapeutic regimen and the disease itself. The study comprised 46 diabetic patients enrolled in a research and extension education center in the State of Sao Paulo, southeastern Brazil, in 2007. Data was collected through interviews using a questionnaire and the Treatment Adherence Measure (TAM). The patient adherence level to antidiabetic drug therapy was 78.3%. In conclusion, since prevalence of adherence is below that recommended in the literature, and in the light of poor blood glucose control and alleged failure of therapeutic regimen, health providers are urged to measure diabetic patient treatment adherence, because it is key to adequate diabetes management with drugs.
Keywords : nursing; diabetes mellitus; patient acceptance of health care.