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Self-Efficacy and Adherence Behaviors in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients


This figure shows adherence as a spectrum, with nonadherent behaviors on the left and adherent behaviors on the right. Data from this study highlight some key determining factors that influence an RA patient’s place on this spectrum: self-efficacy, severity of RA, side-effects, belief in medication, fear of medication, and the patient–physician relationship. In addition, participants in this study emphasized key strategies used to achieve adherent behavior: developing routines and having social support from family members.

Figure. Adherence as a Spectrum of Behaviors. This figure presents the phenomenon of adherence behavior as it relates to medication-taking behavior among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.

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