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Joint Bone Spine
Volume 77, n° S2
pages 117-119 (décembre 2010)
Doi : 10.1016/S1297-319X(10)70006-3
Role for nonphysician healthcare providers in improving treatment adherence among patients with severe osteoporosis

Christian Marcelli
Service de Rhumatologie, CHU, BP 95182, Caen cedex 9, France 


Although several effective drugs are available for the treatment of osteoporosis, patient adherence to osteoporosis treatment regimens is poor overall. Poor treatment adherence considerably increases the financial burden generated by osteoporosis. Patients report many factors responsible for poor adherence. As with other chronic diseases, studies have established that patient participation in specific therapeutic education programs improves treatment persistence. These programs are usually coordinated by a nurse but may involve a number of other healthcare professionals.

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Keywords : Severe osteoporosis, Treatment adherence, Treatment persistence, Therapeutic education

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