Non-compliance and its management in teenagers

Thomas E. Nevins

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Abstract

Renal transplantation restores a patient's endogenous renal function. The benefits of this restoration are especially dramatic in children. However, transplantation is a complex and expensive therapy which, when successful, requires consistent adherence to a complex regimen of drug therapy and clinical follow-up. Transplant medications need to be taken for a lifetime. Whilst very effective, immunosuppressant medications can also cause a number of side-effects and require daily multi-dose schedules. Teenagers, in particular, have problems adhering to these regimens and weighing the consequences of non-compliance. Approaches to improving teenagers' compliance must address both the special circumstances of adolescence and the broad, general problem of post-transplant non-compliance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-479
Number of pages5
JournalPediatric transplantation
Volume6
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

Keywords

  • Adherence
  • Adolescence
  • Kidney
  • Medication compliance
  • Transplantation

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