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      Issues in Patient Compliance: The Search for Therapeutic Sufficiency

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          Distinguishing among biological, pharmacological, and behavioural variability is essential for proper interpretation of the therapeutic experiment at each return visit. Within the behavioural component, partial compliance refers to all sub-optimal levels of concordance between the patient’s behaviour and the clinical prescription. However, the assessment of compliance is limited largely by imperfect measures of medication taking which are frequently distant in time and space from the medication-taking event itself. Most studies indicate compliance levels of only 50-70% with antihypertensive regimens as well as considerable variance from day to day and person to person. Therapeutic outcome may be a misleading method to assess the sufficiency of a regimen because of the high prevalence of suboptimal medication-taking behaviour. In selected situations, prolongation of pharmacological effect may compensate for imperfect medication-taking behaviour, confirmed by electronic medication monitors. Such pharmacodynamic prolongation exemplifies therapeutic sufficiency, a new paradigm for therapeutics in the 1990s.

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          Journal
          CRD
          Cardiology
          10.1159/issn.0008-6312
          Cardiology
          S. Karger AG
          978-3-8055-5613-2
          978-3-318-01670-3
          0008-6312
          1421-9751
          1992
          1992
          12 November 2008
          : 80
          : Suppl 1
          : 2-10
          Affiliations
          Division of General Internal Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, Calif., USA
          Article
          175041 Cardiology 1992;80:2–10
          10.1159/000175041
          1600536
          © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 9
          Categories
          Session I

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