Behavioral contracting to improve adherence in patients with thalassemia Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Behavior Therapy
  • Deferoxamine
  • Patient Compliance
  • beta-Thalassemia

abstract

  • Twenty-three patients with thalassemia contracted to improve their adherence with subcutaneous desferrioxamine by increasing their number of days of use. Adherence, as measured by empty vial counts, was positively reinforced by careful monitoring and behavioral reward system. Contingency contracting was successful in 76% of patients over a 6-month period, with 69% maintaining improvement in adherence 2 months after the program. Findings supported the efficacy of behavioral intervention strategies in the care of patients with chronic illness.

publication date

  • January 1993

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 8509968

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 106

end page

  • 11

volume

  • 8

number

  • 2