Improving medication adherence in the pediatric population using integrated care of companion animals

Olga T. Gupta, Deborah J. Wiebe, Elizabeth A. Pyatak, Alan M. Beck

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Medication non-adherence occurs in more than half of children with chronic conditions. Unfortunately, most strategies for improving adherence have had limited success in the pediatric population highlighting the need for novel interventions that establish healthy self-management habits for children and adolescents. In this paper we discuss innovative strategies to improve adherence by embedding a medical regimen within a pet care routine, thereby capitalizing on the benefits of a structured habit while providing opportunities for development of autonomy in children and fostering collaborative parent interactions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018



  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Chronic disease
  • Medication adherence
  • Pets
  • Self efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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