Prognosis Of cystic Fibrosis
Adherence in chronic illness varies from 30-80% (Meichenbaun and Turk 1987). Meyers et al (1975) report CF non-compliance is 20-30%. Abbott et al (1994) found CF adherence is treatment specific, reporting adherence rates of 53% to physiotherapy, 73% to exercise at a beneficial level, 83% to enzymes and 46% to vitamins. Whilst highlighting adherence as a significant problem in adolescents, the CF literature does not provide explanations or management strategies to address this. Specifically these studies do not explore the young adolescent’s actions or care choices. In addition the majority of evidence relating to adherence in CF comes from adult studies, where medication adherence only is assessed.