Predictors of Medication Adherence in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Ediger, Jason P.; Walker, John R.; Graff, Lesley; Lix, Lisa; Clara, Ian; Rawsthorne, Patricia; Rogala, Linda; Miller, Norine; McPhail, Cory; Deering, Kathleen; Bernstein, Charles N.
July 2007
American Journal of Gastroenterology;Jul2007, Vol. 102 Issue 7, p1417
Academic Journal
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: This study reports cross-sectional medication adherence data from year 1 of the Manitoba Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Cohort Study, a longitudinal, population-based study of multiple determinants of health outcomes in IBD in those diagnosed within 7 yr. METHODS: A total of 326 participants completed a validated multi-item self-report measure of adherence, which assesses a range of adherence behaviors. Demographic, clinical, and psycho-social characteristics were also assessed by survey. Adherence was initially considered as a continuous variable and then categorized as high or low adherence for logistic regression analysis to determine predictors of adherence behavior. RESULTS: Using the cutoff score of 20/25 on the Medication Adherence Report Scale, high adherence was reported by 73% of men and 63% of women. For men, predictors of low adherence included diagnosis (UC: OR 4.42, 95% CI 1.66–11.75) and employment status (employed: OR 11.27, 95% CI 2.05–62.08). For women, predictors of low adherence included younger age (under 30 versus over 50 OR 3.64, 95% CI 1.41–9.43; under 30 vs. 40–49 yr: OR 2.62, 95% CI 1.07–6.42). High scores on the Obstacles to Medication Use Scale strongly related to low adherence for both men (OR 4.05, 95% CI 1.40–11.70) and women (OR 3.89, 95% CI 1.90–7.99). 5-ASA use (oral or rectal) was not related to adherence. For women, immunosuppressant use versus no use was associated with high adherence (OR 4.49, 95% CI 1.58–12.76). Low trait agreeableness was associated with low adherence (OR 2.03, 95% CI 1.12–3.66). CONCLUSIONS: Approximately one-third of IBD patients were low adherers. Predictors of adherence differed markedly between genders, although obstacles such as medication cost were relevant for both men and women.


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