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J Pediatr Psychol. 2003 Jul-Aug;28(5):355-61.

The reliability of reports of medical adherence from children with HIV and their adult caregivers.

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  • 1New York State Psychiatric Institute, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit # 15, New York, New York 10032, USA. dolezalc@childpsych.columbia.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare children's reports of their medication adherence to those of their adult caregivers.

METHOD:

Several indicators of medication adherence were assessed for 48 adult-child dyads. Kappa statistics were calculated as measures of agreement.

RESULTS:

Adherence problems were common, although the level of agreement between the child and the adult was quite low (kappas for adherence variables ranged from .05 to .32). Compared to adult-child dyads that agreed, dyads that disagreed tended to include older children who had more responsibility for managing their own medications.

CONCLUSIONS:

Both researchers and clinicians would benefit from acquiring information on children's adherence from multiple sources.

PMID:
12808012
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