Testing compliance of drug taking-A simple bed side method

Thilothammal, N and Krishnamurthy, P V and Banu, K and Gandhimathy, S (1995) Testing compliance of drug taking-A simple bed side method. Indian Pediatrics, 32 (Mar). pp. 295-299. ISSN Print: 0019-6061; Online:0974-7559

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Assessment of compliance in drug taking is a problem in a crowded Outpatient Department. Using riboflavin as a urinary marker is a simple and rational method. Identifying riboflavin in the urine by fluorescence on exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays or torch light is being used in medical practice but not extensively. In this study, the validity and reliability of these methods were assessed. The sensitivity and specificity of this test by UV method was 86% and 82% for Reader I (medical person) and 82% and 94% for Reader II (paramedical person). For Reader 1, the accuracy of reading by UV lamp was the same as torch light (85%) whereas for Reader II the accuracy was better with UV lamp (87%) than with torch (79%). In reading the fluorescence by UV lamp the crude agreement between the 2 readers was 82% and chance corrected agreement was 64%. UV lamp method appears to be a reliable way of assessing compliance both by medical and paramedical persons whereas torch method appears to be more reliable when used by a medical person than by a paramedical person.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Compliance, Riboflavin, UV lamp method
Subjects: Tuberculosis > Clinical Research
Divisions: Clinical Research
Depositing User: Dr. Rathinasabapati R
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2013 06:58
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2016 05:33
URI: http://eprints.nirt.res.in/id/eprint/412

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