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Presse Med. 2007 Sep;36(9 Pt 2):1236-43. Epub 2007 Feb 15.

[Treatment adherence and chronic inflammatory bowel diseases].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Service des maladies de l'appareil digestif, CHU Hédi Chaker, Sfax, Tunisie.


For inflammatory bowel disease, unlike other chronic illnesses, there are sparse data available about patients' adherence to medication. The few studies vary widely, but noncompliance rates tend to be high, about 30-40%. Psychiatric disorders, including depression and anxiety, and poor patient-physician relationships are the most common causes of these patients' lack of adherence. Failure to adhere to prescribed medications increases risk of relapse and of colorectal cancer. Strategies that can improve adherence include establishing a partnership with the patient, simplifying the treatment regimen and increasing awareness through education and feedback.

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