Journal article

Secondary prevention for screening detected rheumatic heart disease: opportunities to improve adherence

Daniel Engelman, Maureen Ah Kee, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Jim Tulloch, Andrew C Steer

TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Background: Secondary prevention is an effective treatment for rheumatic heart disease (RHD), but ensuring high adherence to prophylaxis over many years is challenging and requires understanding of local factors. Methods: Participants were young people diagnosed with RHD through echocardiographic screening in Fiji. We used a structured interview to evaluate the following: health seeking behaviours; attitudes, practice, barriers and potential improvement strategies for adherence to antibiotic prophylaxis; and adolescent-friendly qualities of the health service. Results: One hundred and one participants were interviewed (median age, 17.2 years). Adherence was very low overall (adequate in 6%)...

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