Date of Award

2-1-2005

Degree Type

Restricted Access Professional Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management

Department

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Patricia A. Gwirtz

Second Advisor

Cynthia Jimenez-Williams

Third Advisor

Bernard Rubin

Abstract

Enard, April T. A Study to Determine Improved Compliance of Bisphosphonate Treatment in Subjects with Osteoporosis. Master of Science, February 11, 2005. The ability of patients to adhere to treatment regimens is very poor and continues to impede optimal therapy of osteoporosis. The shortcomings in treating osteoporosis are: a) noncompliance and/or lack of continued persistence of therapy, b) efficacy of therapy on bone turnover marker levels and fracture prevalence, and c) tolerability of therapy to patients. Studies have shown that interventions such as education and awareness of bone mineral density promote patient usage compliance. The slightest improvement in compliance allows further understanding of accurate efficacy of medication therapy to fractures, bone marker levels, and overall improvement of bone mass. Increased compliance/persistence allows accurate comparison of bisphosphonates to one another for effectiveness on osteoporosis patients and allows improvement opportunity in treatment modalities that can positively influence the course of osteoporosis. This phase IV study targets compliancy/persistence in bisphosphonate therapy in treatment of osteoporosis.

Comments

Enard, April T. A Study to Determine Improved Compliance of Bisphosphonate Treatment in Subjects with Osteoporosis. Master of Science, February 11, 2005. W 4.8 E56S 2005

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