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Table 2 Reasons for non-adherence to medication in paediatric patients and the interventions employed by study participants in order to improve adherence to medication in their paediatric patients

From: Adherence to treatment in paediatric patients – results of the nationwide survey in Poland

  N %
Reasons for non-adherence to medication
 Forgetfulness 514 49.8
 Lack of disease symptoms 380 36.8
 Frequent dosing schedule 375 36.3
 An unacceptable dosage form of medicine 364 35.2
 Discouragement with long-term treatment 312 30.2
 Misunderstanding of the disease and treatment goals 296 28.7
 Drug adverse effects 288 27.9
 High out-of-pocket drug costs 276 26.7
 Lack of trust in the doctor 82 7.9
 Poor access to medical facilities 32 3.1
Interventions employed to improve adherence to medication
 I educate child’s parents / guardians about the nature of the disease and the goals of treatment 753 72.9
 I inform child’s parents / guardians about the consequences of non-adherence to medication 561 54.3
 I detail the dosage regimen in a written form (on the sheet of paper / in a table) 552 53.4
 I prescribe drugs administered less frequently 341 33.0
 I schedule frequent check-ups 236 22.9
 I prescribe inexpensive drugs 212 20.5
 I try to use drugs with good organoleptic parameters 115 11.1
 I choose drugs without adverse effects 82 7.9
 I write out prescriptions for a longer period of time during one visit 54 5.2
 I check the number of prescriptions issued in a given period of time 48 4.7
  1. Notice: survey participants were asked to choose three most important reasons, and three interventions they employ most often, out of those listed; percentages calculated for the total N = 1.033 respondents