Response to Treatment

As noted earlier, clinicians have used treatment response as an adherence measure. Examples of such outcomes include hemoglobin A1C levels in diabetes mellitus and rejection episodes in transplant recipients. Patients whose illness is not well controlled are more likely to raise suspicions in their clinicians that they are nonadherent than are patients who are doing well. This approach has several shortcomings. First, medical outcomes are related to many factors other than adherence, and as a result this method is nonspecific. Second, when outcomes are used, non-adherent patients are identified only after the medical outcome has been compromised. Reliance on this method may therefore lead to delays in nonad-herence identification and consequent failure to prevent adverse medical consequences.

Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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