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Patients' Beliefs about Peptic Ulcer and Its Treatment

HAROLD P. ROTH, M.D., F.A.C.P.; HERBERT S. CARON, PH.D.; ROBERT S. ORT, M.D., PH.D.; DAVID G. BERGER, PH.D.; ROBERT S. MERRILL, M.D.; GEORGE W. ALBEE, PH.D.; and GEORGE A. STREETER, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1962;56(1):72-80. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-56-1-72
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Peptic ulcer falls into an enlarging group of diseases in which the most important problem is the prevention of recurrences rather than the treatment of the acute phases. Such prevention usually means that the patient is expected to follow a long-term regimen at home while asymptomatic and under minimal supervision. However, there is good evidence that most patients do not follow regimens carefully even in the hospital when symptoms and supervision are at a maximum. Thus, patients admitted to the Veterans Administration Hospital for an acute attack of peptic ulcer took an average of only 40% of a prescribed medication

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