The relationship between the frequency of follow-up visits and the medication adherence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients

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Grade 12


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), medication adherence, follow- up visits


In recent years, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has been one of the top leading causes of mortality among Filipinos. As estimated by the WHO, COPD may be the fourth leading cause of mortality worldwide by the year 2030. Since tobacco smoking is said to be one of the most common causes of COPD, the growing number of smokers and high smoking prevalence rate make Filipinos at risk of suffering from COPD. Medication adherence plays a vital role during the intervention period and serves as the primary determinant of the success of the treatment, whereas follow-up visits enable health care professionals to observe the progress of the treatment and to prescribe further recommendations for the betterment of the patient’s condition. The study aims to determine the relationship between the frequency of follow-up visits and medication adherence of COPD patients. The study utilized the correlational research design to explore the relationship between the variables. In gathering the data, a questionnaire was given to respondents who are under the age bracket of 40-60 years old that was identified through purposive sampling. A total of 18 respondents from the De La Salle University Medical Center took part in this study. Through this, it was determined that the two variables, medication adherence and the frequency of follow-up visits, have a strong relationship. Furthermore, various relationships between the two variables and patient demographic profile were also identified.

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Pauline L. Cueno

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