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The utility of a data-logging device for measuring adherence to home phototherapy

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Background:

Treatment adherence to home phototherapy is not well characterized. Purpose:

To develop an accurate measure of home phototherapy unit usage. Methods:

We tested a commercially available data logger containing a photo-sensor on two home phototherapy units. Results:

The data logger accurately recorded actual usage and did not record stray light sources over the study period. Conclusion:

A data logger can accurately capture usage patterns for a home phototherapy unit. These devices could potentially be used in clinical trials to measure adherence to home phototherapy treatment regimens.
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Keywords: patient compliance; phototherapy; psoriasis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Dermatology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston Salem, NC, USA, 2: College of Pharmacy and School of Public Health, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA,

Publication date: 01 October 2006

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