Behavioral treatments to improve pill swallowing and adherence in an adolescent with renal and connective tissue diseases

Jessica Curley Hankinson, Keith John Slifer

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Abstract

Nonadherence to complex medication regimens is a common problem among adolescents with chronic medical conditions. It may be the result of multiple factors, including pill-swallowing difficulties, lack of independent coping skills, lack of developmentally appropriate parental oversight, negative mood, and insufficient motivation to take medication. This case study demonstrates the use of a combination of cognitive- behavioral interventions to teach pill swallowing and improve medication adherence in an adolescent with mixed connective tissue and renal diseases and self-reported negative mood. Provision of this treatment package coincided with improvement in pill swallowing, increased adherence, and independence with a complex medication regimen, in addition to improvements in self-reported mood.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-234
Number of pages8
JournalClinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
Volume1
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Behavior therapy
  • Medication adherence
  • Pill swallowing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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