Allergic rhinitis: can we identify nonadherence to therapy and its predictors?

Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a common chronic condition with significant consequences if left untreated:

- poor health outcomes
- decreased quality of life
- disease progression
- increased health care costs

However, about half of all patients do not fill their prescription.

AR patients completed the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised Abbreviated-Form (EPQR-A), the Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36), the Mini Rhinitis Quality of Life Questionnaire (Mini-RQLQ), and the MARS. Symptom severity was assessed before and after treatment.

This study included 85 AR patients and used medication adherence report scale (MARS).

Females had worse adherence and higher extroversion scores. None of the personality traits predicted adherence. Higher educational level was found to increase adherence.



Treatment Options for 
Allergic Rhinitis (AR) and 
Non-Allergic Rhinitis (NAR) (click to enlarge the image).

References:

Allergic rhinitis: can we identify nonadherence to therapy and its predictors easily in daily practice? Koca Kalkan I, Baccioglu Kavut A, Kalpaklioglu AF. J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol. 2013;23(5):315-22.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24260976

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