Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Adolescent Non-adherence in Transplant

Adolescent patients often do not adhere to post-transplant therapy. Bullington et al. surveyed adolescent kidney transplant patients about reasons for non-adherence. Three categories were defined: medication issues, troubled adolescence (ex. depression), and deliberate non-adherence (ex. attention-seeking behavior). These specific reasons for non-adherence should be considered when designing interventions for adolescents.