Factors associated with non-adherence to the treatment of vivax malaria in a rural community from the Brazilian Amazon Basin

Eduardo Dias Almeida, José Luiz Fernandes Vieira
2016 Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical  
We investigated the association between demographic and behavioral factors and non-adherence to antimalarial therapy. Methods: A demographic questionnaire and 5-item self-reported questionnaire regarding non-adherence were completed by 135 patients after treatment for Plasmodium vivax. Results: Treatment interruption, but not demographic factors, was significantly associated with non-adherence to therapy. The likelihood of non-adherence was 5.16 times higher when the patients felt better than
more » ... felt better than when they felt worse. The relative risk of parasitic resurgence was 3.04 times higher in non-adherent patients. Conclusions: Treatment interruption is significantly associated with treatment adherence.
doi:10.1590/0037-8682-0275-2015 pmid:27192598 fatcat:iwojt4zrejb6bfgtevjqymkthm