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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2011;35(1):67-76.
Comprehension and Compliance of Medication of Spinal Cord Injured Patients Who Visited to Outpatient Clinic.
Shin, Ji Cheol , Yoo, Jeehyun , Lee, Youngsang , Goo, Hae Rin , Kim, Dae Hyun , Park, Chang il
Department and Research Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul 120-752, Korea. anesyoo@naver.com
To investigate the drug compliance and factors that have an influence on drug compliance of spinal cord injured patients. Method From January to June in 2009, spinal cord injured patients who visited our hospital for regular prescription were asked to fill out questionnaires about demographic data, comprehension and compliance of medication.
Forty-eight patients completed questionnaires. Thirty-three were male and the rest were female. Twenty were tetraplegic and 26 paraplegic. Twenty-two were completely injured and 26 had incomplete injuries. The level of awareness of names, shapes and effects of medication were 70.8%, 87.5% and 77.1%, respectively. The compliant group that had more than 80% of drug compliance was 38 patients. The non-compliant group that had less than 80% compliance had 10 patients. In respect of compliance of medication, the patients tended to miss the time of administration more than the number of administration. Twenty patients didn't tell their doctors that they hadn't been taking their medication properly. There were no statistically significant differences between drug compliance and the following: patient's age, sex, spinal cord injury type, education level, time elapsed since the injury, number of medication per day, and comprehension of name, shapes and effects of medication. Conclusion Drug compliance of spinal cord injured patients was high. Education on necessity, side effects and usage of medication may be needed to maintain high drug compliance. To investigate the drug compliance and factors that have an influence on drug compliance of spinal cord injured patients.
Key Words: Compliance, Adherence, Comprehension, Spinal cord injuries


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