How to get patients with epilepsy to take their medication. The problem of noncompliance

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Abstract

Noncompliance in patients with epilepsy is a serious hindrance to successful treatment. It can result in increased healthcare costs and put both the patients and others around them at unnecessary risk. Noncompliance should be considered whenever a patient has (1) an unexpected increase in number or severity of seizures, (2) serum levels of anticonvulsant medications below the expected range, or (3) a change in medical reimbursement systems. Effective intervention strategies are based on assessment of life-style issues and possible barriers to compliance. Communication with the patient about medication regimens and the value of treatment is extremely important, and a real partnership between physician and patient is needed to set and achieve goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)253-256
Number of pages4
JournalPostgraduate Medicine
Volume88
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

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