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Medication beliefs among patients with inflammatory bowel disease who report low quality of life: A qualitative study

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Nicola HallORCiD, Emeritus Professor Greg RubinORCiD, Emeritus Professor Amritpal Hungin



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Background: Non-adherence to drug therapy is common in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Patients' beliefs about treatment have an important influence on adherence. An in-depth understanding of this area is, therefore, important for patient-centred care. The aim of the study was to assess patients' perspectives and beliefs about their medication and to determine how this relates to medicine taking and other related health behaviour as part of a larger qualitative study on health care related behaviour in patients with IBD. Methods: Individual semi-structured interviews and focus groups. An iterative approach following principles of grounded theory was applied to data collection and analysis. Results: Main emerging themes were: balance of perceived necessity versus concerns, perceived impact of symptoms and willingness to self-manage medication. There was a clear distinction made between steroids and other preparations. Concerns included the fear of both short and long-term side-effects (mainly steroids), uncertainties about drug interactions and development of long-term immunity. Adapting to and accepting medication use was linked to acceptance of IBD. Conclusion: A concordant approach including flexible and pro-active support as well as accurate information is important in assisting patients with IBD to self-manage their medication effectively. Health professionals should be aware that attitudes to medicine taking and other related behaviours may be medicine specific and change over time. © 2007 Hall et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hall NJ, Rubin GP, Hungin APS, Dougall A

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: BMC Gastroenterology

Year: 2007

Volume: 7

Online publication date: 08/06/2007

Date deposited: 13/09/2021

ISSN (electronic): 1471-230X

Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd


DOI: 10.1186/1471-230X-7-20

PubMed id: 17559670


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