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Adherence to chronic hepatitis C treatment regimen: First report from a referral center in Iran

(2013) Adherence to chronic hepatitis C treatment regimen: First report from a referral center in Iran. Hepatitis Monthly.

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Abstract Background: Various aspects of adherence to HCV treatment such as frequency, risk factors as well as causes of non-adherence, and its real role in clinical and virological outcome of the infected patients have remained largely unknown. Objectives: The current study aimed to evaluate patients' adherence to anti-HCV medications in Iran. Materials and Methods: From October 2010 to March 2011, socio-demographic characteristics, features of HCV infection, clinical properties, and habitual history of 190 patients were collected. Adherence of each patient to anti-HCV medications was determined at months 1, 3, and 6 of treatment by self-reporting and pill or empty ampoule counting. Adherence to anti-HCV treatment regimen was determined based on the 80/80/80 rule. Results: Adherence rate to interferon, ribavirin, or a combination of them over the first 6 months of therapy in Iranian HCV patients measured by both methods of self-reporting and pill counting were 35.4-65.8%, 46.3-56.8%, and 28.4-51.1%, respectively. Delay in receiving new prescription, financial issues, and adverse drug reactions were the most common causes of non-adherence in the patients. Adherence to ribavirin was identified as an independent predictor of achieving the end of treatment response, or sustained virological response. Conclusions: The rate of adherence to interferon and ribavirin varied significantly according to the method of calculation. Over the treatment course, adherence to interferon alpha and ribavirin, each or their combination, diminished significantly.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Hepatitis Monthly
Abstract and Indexing: ISI, Pubmed, Scopus
Quartile : Q4
Volume: 13
Number: 6
Publisher: scopus
Depositing User: خانم مریم زرقانی

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