The importance of physician-patient relationship for improvement of adherence to long-term therapy: Data of survey in a cohort of multiple sclerosis patients with mild and moderate disability

Tatiana Koudriavtseva, Emanuela Onesti, Isabella Fernanda Pestalozza, Isabella Sperduti, Bruno Jandolo

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Abstract

Patient involvement in the improvement of health care is important for the best long-term treatment outcomes. Our objective is to assess patient satisfaction with offered care service and to identify parameters which influence the adherence to long-term therapy. A prospective single-center study based on the administration of a structured interview to multiple sclerosis (MS) patients attending our MS Centre with mild and moderate disabilities. The interview regarding clinical parameters, quality of life and satisfaction of care service was structured in three parts with multiple-choice answers to close- or open-ended questions. Patient satisfaction was evaluated by the concordance between the level of patient attention and judgment regarding the services offered. The impact of all variables on the adherence to therapy and on the perceived utility of treatment was evaluated. The concordance between patient attention and judgment on health care services resulted statistically significant for almost all parameters. The perceived utility of treatment was significantly correlated to patients feeling confident in the clinical staff, to their perception of being involved in therapeutic decision (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-584
Number of pages10
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume33
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Adherence to therapy
  • Health services
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Patient satisfaction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Dermatology

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