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Title: Relationship between depression and non-adherence to anticoagulant therapy after valve replacement
Authors: El Gatit, A.M.
Haw, M.
Issue Date: 2003
Language: English
Abstract: Management of anticoagulant therapy after mechanical valve replacement is difficult in developing countries because of patient non-adherence. The effect of depression on adherence to drug therapy and to a clinic visit schedule was evaluated for 62 patients who received prostheses. All were prescribed a once-per-day regimen of warfarin and were scheduled for three appointments at the anticoagulant clinic for dose adjustment at 3-week intervals. According to the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale, 22 were depressed. Non-depressed patients were more compliant than depressed patients; adherence was inversely correlated with depression scores. While depression had no relationship with age, sex and cardiac symptoms, there was a relationship with anxiety and poor social support
Description: 12-19
Keywords: Aftercare
Case-Control Studies
Developing Countries
Drug Administration Schedule
Drug Monitoring
Epidemiologic Studies
Heart Valve Diseases
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Subject: Anticoagulants
ISSN: 1020-3397
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