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ERIC Number: ED263510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 24
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Determinants of Compliance among Pediatric Amblyopia Patients.
Wolff, Hans; Juhasz, Anne McCreary
Given the recent focus on patient responsibility for health status and improvement, it is important to understand the dynamics involved in patient compliance to treatment regimens. The determinants of patching compliance among 30 pediatric amblyopia patients and their parents were investigated by means of parent, patient, and physician questionnaires and interviews and by some objective observations made at subsequent appointments. The general categories of variables tested were features of the disease, features of the treatment regimen, parent-clinician interaction, parent-child characteristics, family characteristics, and appointment keeping. Appointment keeping, parent satisfaction, and weeks of previous patching appeared as the most significant variables in predicting patient compliance. They did not, however, completely explain the behavior. Features of the treatment not only helped determine compliance, but were determined by it as well. Parent satisfaction and attitude toward the child were linked to improved compliance and are areas that can be manipulated to enhance compliance. But these two variables are also influenced by factors such as life-circumstances and sentiments which are not amenable to intervention. (TW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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