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Adherence to Antibiotic Therapy in Primary Care

Grand Canyon University

Introduction To Nursing Research

Terese Verklan

July 6th, 2014 Adherence to Antibiotic Therapy in Primary Care
Problem Statement “The term compliance or adherence can be described as the extent or correlation between the patient’s obedience to the therapy and the advice of health providers. Thus, it is related to the patient’s drug-taking attitude. Even when appropriate treatment is prescribed successful results may not always be achieved if patient’s use their medicines improperly” (Göktay, Telefoncu, Kadıoƃlu, Macit, Şencan, & Clark, 2013, p. 113). Many uncomplicated bacterial illnesses react quickly after starting treatment with antibiotics. This can lead to people failing to complete the entire course of treatment and thus recurrence of the illness. In some diseases, it takes a certain length of time of exposure to a specific dose of an antibiotic to kill the bacteria. If the right dose is not taken for the correct length of time, some of the bacteria or viruses may survive, multiply, and cause the infection to recur. “Adherence is an important factor in the achievement of therapeutic outcomes, while patient education is thought to positively affect adherence. The aim of this study is to assess patient adherence to prescribed antibacterial agents impact of patient education on adherence with the therapy” (Göktay, Telefoncu, Kadıoƃlu, Macit, Şencan, & Clark, 2013, p. 113).
Purpose and Research Questions “This study was a prospective, controlled trial and conduced in a community pharmacy. Consecutive patients that had been prescribed oral antibiotic therapy for any type of infectious diseases were asked to participate in the trial. A total of 60 patient’s were included in the study” (Göktay, Telefoncu, Kadıoƃlu, Macit, Şencan, & Clark, 2013, p. 113). It is a nurse’s role…...

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