Older Adult Medication Compliance: Integrated Review of Randomized Controlled Trials
Authors: Russell, Cynthia L.; Conn, Vicki S.; Jantarakupt, Peeranuch
Source: American Journal of Health Behavior, Volume 30, Number 6, November 2006 , pp. 636-650(15)
Publisher: PNG Publications
Abstract:Objective: To examine interventions and outcomes of medication compliance studies in older adults. Methods: An integrated review of randomized controlled trials was completed. Results: Thirty-one of 57 studies reported significantly greater medication compliance in treatment subjects versus control subjects. Interventions included counseling, education, self-medication programs, cues and organizers, and decreasing dosing frequency. Decreasing dosing frequency and self-medication programs were successful, although not frequently evaluated. Conclusions: Future studies should address methodologic flaws (eg, small sample sizes, measurement validity issues), test theory-based interventions delivered by diverse providers, evaluate intervention dose, and examine persistence of compliance behavior changes.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 1, 2006
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