uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
To follow or not to follow dermatological treatment: a review of the literature
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacy.
Show others and affiliations
2006 (English)In: Acta Dermato-Venereologica, ISSN 0001-5555, E-ISSN 1651-2057, Vol. 86, no 3, 193-197 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Creams, ointments and solutions applied to the skin surface by patients as part of a daily routine might be expected to provide a more variable dosage than do standard tablets. However, adherence to treatment in dermatology has been little studied. This article reviews recent publications in the field. These are dominated by questionnaire-based studies, which tend to over-estimate adherence. Reduced adherence to dermatological treatment is noted in 34-45% of patients. It is likely that the percentage of patients who practice truly optimal treatment in their daily life is even lower considering the variable practice of self-treatment. Self-reported psychiatric morbidity contributes to poor adherence to dermatological treatment, while a well-functioning doctor-patient interaction is a major determinant of good adherence, as is patient satisfaction. In conclusion, adherence to dermatological treatment is unsatisfactory and there is a need for intervention and change in clinical routines. The therapeutic and economic benefits may be considerable. The immediate challenge is to stimulate a change in patient behaviour and improve self-treatment at home.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 86, no 3, 193-197 p.
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-81975DOI: 10.2340/00015555-0073PubMedID: 16710573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-81975DiVA: diva2:109890
Available from: 2006-09-06 Created: 2006-09-06 Last updated: 2013-01-31Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full textPubMedhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed&cmd=Retrieve&list_uids=16710573&dopt=Citation

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Kettis, ÅsaRing, Lena
By organisation
Department of Pharmacy
In the same journal
Acta Dermato-Venereologica
Medical and Health Sciences

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 157 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link