|Title:||Relationship between depression and non-adherence to anticoagulant therapy after valve replacement|
|Authors:||El Gatit, A.M.|
|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|
Drug Administration Schedule
Heart Valve Diseases
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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