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Drug Defaulting in a General Practice

Br Med J 1969; 1 doi: (Published 25 January 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;1:218
  1. A. M. W. Porter


    Different groups of patients in a general practice have been under close observation by defined methods to assess the extent of their adherence to drug schedules. Patients taking antibiotics, admitted to a short drug trial and prescribed long-term treatments, proved in most cases to be compliant. Antenatal patients taking a once-daily dosage of prophylactic iron were more co-operative than those taking divided dosages. Socially isolated patients and those of low social class were particularly likely to neglect their drugs.

    It is suggested that the significance and extent of the problem have been largely ignored and that all drug trials undertaken on outpatients should incorporate methods of detecting defaulters.


    • * This paper is derived from a thesis submitted to the University of London for the degree of Doctor of Medicine.