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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 78-80

Improving compliance in hypothyroidism: What can we do?

Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital and BRIDE, Karnal, Haryana, India

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Sanjay Kalra
Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital and BRIDE, Karnal, Haryana
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-0354.99644

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Hypothyroidism is a chronic disease which needs active patient participation for optimal management. Compliance with suggested therapy is necessary in order to achieve euthyroid health. It is surprising, however, that this aspect of thyroid management has not been highlighted in detail in thyroidology literature. This brief communication discusses concerns of physicians as well as patients with hypothyroidism. It lists drug-related, patient-related, and physician-related factors which may impact compliance and suggests simple methods of improving concordance with therapy. The paper calls for acceptance of a patient-centered approach to the management of hypothyroidism.

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