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Arch Intern Med. 1990 Jul;150(7):1509-10.

Compliance declines between clinic visits.

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Neurology Service, Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, West Haven, Conn. 06516.

Abstract

Adherence to prescribed drug dosing regimens declined substantially during the interval between clinic visits and drug level tests. Using microelectronic monitors to observe pill-taking habits, 20 patients averaged 88% compliance before and 86% compliance after the visit, but this dropped to 67% compliance a month later. These data indicate that spot drug levels do not represent long-term "steady-state" drug serum concentrations.

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2369248
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