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Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study

Bhagyashri D Rajopadhye, Palak Mittal, Vijaya Pandit, Linpadmaja Thakur, Rupeshkumar Deshmukh.

Abstract
Background: Compliance with treatment is the key link between treatment and outcome in medical care, non-compliance leads to failure of treatment. Noncompliance with antimicrobial agents (AMAs) is the important reason for Resistance to antimicrobials. Forgetting to take medicine is one of the important causes of non-compliance.

Aim and Objectives: Hence, the present study was planned to evaluate the compliance for antimicrobial treatment in patients receiving a short course of antimicrobials, with or without reminding them to take medicine using a smartphone app.

Materials and Methods: Prospective interventional study was planned in a tertiary care hospital after permission from the ethics committee. The present pilot work of the study was carried out on 30 patients receiving AMAs. Patients receiving a short course of chemotherapy were enrolled and stratified based on the frequency of administration of antimicrobials. They were then allocated alternately in control (15) and study (15) groups. After explaining the prescription to all, “Pill Reminder” app was downloaded on smartphones of participants in the study group. All were contacted to enquire about compliance at the end of the treatment period.

Results: Baseline characteristics of participants in both groups were comparable. URTI, UTI Tinea cruris, Tinea capitis were the disorders for which they received AMAs. The frequency of administration was once/twice/thrice a day. Duration was 3–14 days in both groups. At the end of the study, 53.3% of patients in control group and 100% of patients in intervention group were compliant to the treatment.

Conclusion: The use of the reminder app significantly improved patient’s compliance with medications. Further studies are required to validate these results.

Key words: Compliance; Antimicrobial Agents; Pill Reminder App


 
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Rajopadhye BD, Mittal P, Pandit V, Thakur L, Deshmukh R. Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2022; 12(10): 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022


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Rajopadhye BD, Mittal P, Pandit V, Thakur L, Deshmukh R. Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. https://www.njppp.com/?mno=141178 [Access: December 01, 2022]. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022


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Rajopadhye BD, Mittal P, Pandit V, Thakur L, Deshmukh R. Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. 2022; 12(10): 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022



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Rajopadhye BD, Mittal P, Pandit V, Thakur L, Deshmukh R. Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol. (2022), [cited December 01, 2022]; 12(10): 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022



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Rajopadhye, B. D., Mittal, . P., Pandit, . V., Thakur, . L. & Deshmukh, . R. (2022) Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol, 12 (10), 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022



Turabian Style

Rajopadhye, Bhagyashri D, Palak Mittal, Vijaya Pandit, Linpadmaja Thakur, and Rupeshkumar Deshmukh. 2022. Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 12 (10), 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022



Chicago Style

Rajopadhye, Bhagyashri D, Palak Mittal, Vijaya Pandit, Linpadmaja Thakur, and Rupeshkumar Deshmukh. "Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 12 (2022), 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022



MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Rajopadhye, Bhagyashri D, Palak Mittal, Vijaya Pandit, Linpadmaja Thakur, and Rupeshkumar Deshmukh. "Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study." National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology 12.10 (2022), 1538-1543. Print. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022



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Rajopadhye, B. D., Mittal, . P., Pandit, . V., Thakur, . L. & Deshmukh, . R. (2022) Use of information technology to improve patient compliance: A pilot study. National Journal of Physiology, Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 12 (10), 1538-1543. doi:10.5455/njppp.2022.12.01021202228012022