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‣ New Keys to Maintenance Treatment in Ulcerative Colitis

Higgins, Peter D.R.
Fonte: S. Karger AG Publicador: S. Karger AG
Tipo: Artigo de Revista Científica
Publicado em /10/2010 Português
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Maintenance treatment in ulcerative colitis often fails to prevent flares and long term complications. The first key to maintenance is to use effective therapy, even when patients become asymptomatic. The second key is to communicate the importance of adherence to patients, and to help them achieve long term adherence. Simplified dosing schedules are of some benefit, but the bond between patient and doctor, and the patient's belief in the efficacy of the therapy are essential. Decreased co-pays (a fixed amount paid by patients seeking care that is not reimbursed my medical insurance) have been associated with increased adherence, and incentives for patients may be a cost-effective approach to improving adherence. While the most substantial data on the association between adherence and clinical outcomes is in 5-ASAs, non-adherence can also limit the efficacy of thiopurines and biologics. The third key to maintenance treatment is monitoring and maintaining control of inflammation. Decreased histologic and endoscopic damage to the colon has been associated with decreased risk of colon cancer. The most cost-effective way to monitor smoldering inflammation is not known, but endoscopy, structured symptom indices, and biomarkers may be valuable approaches. The fourth key to maintenance treatment is optimizing immunomodulator therapy with thiopurines...