Promoting adherence to transplant medication regimens: a review of behavioral analysis.

Journal of transplant coordination : official publication of the North American Transplant Coordinators Organization (NATCO)

PubMedID: 10401358

Newton SE. Promoting adherence to transplant medication regimens: a review of behavioral analysis. J Transpl Coord. 1999;9(1):13-6.
Failure to adhere to complex behavioral regimens has been a significant and long-standing problem in healthcare. Transplant recipients are one patient population that needs to learn and incorporate a multidimensional regimen of behaviors into their lives. The literature indicates that not all transplant recipients adhere to their medication regimens, which can lead to graft loss and possibly death. Behavioral analysis is often used to increase adherence to health-related regimens and has been effective for a variety of health conditions. The use of behavioral analysis as a strategy to promote adherence behaviors has not been reported in the transplant literature. Transplant coordinators and clinicians should learn the principles of behavioral analysis and apply them to the care of transplant recipients to facilitate recipients' lifelong adherence behaviors.