Medical professionals' perceptions regarding therapeutic adherence in patients with osteoporosis

Josep Blanch, E. Casado, J. González, C. Valdés, J. Ruiz-Baena, R. Palomino, X. Nogués

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Introduction: Adherence to oral treatment of patients with osteoporosis is low, with a high dropout rate in the first year. The most noteworthy result is the lack of therapeutic response. Objective: To ascertain the perception of physicians working with osteoporotic patients regarding adherence of these patients. Methods: Cross-sectional study conducted by opinion survey aimed at primary care physicians and specialists involved in osteoporosis treatment. Participants were selected by purposive sampling. Results: The questionnaire was answered by 235 specialists encompassing rheumatology (54.5%), orthopedics (10.6%) and primary care (18.7%). In 43.8% of participants, more than 25% of patients sometimes forget to take their treatment. According to 34.9%, more than 75% of patients are aware of treatment. Side effects and management complexity are the majority reasons that lead to a change in medication, mean value of 7.94±2.06 6±2.01 points respectively on a 0-10 scale. Conclusions: Overall, medical specialists attributed low adherence to side effects, polypharmacy and lack of communication between professionals. Dosage and space use of soluble dosage forms may be options to facilitate patient adherence to treatment with oral bisphosphonates. Improved education concerning the importance of the disease or increased patient monitoring could foster adherence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
JournalRevista de Osteoporosis y Metabolismo Mineral
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Bisphosphonates
  • Opinion
  • Osteoporosis
  • Surveys
  • Therapeutic adherence


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