[Hungarian and international results in compliance of antiporotic treatment]


SEPTEMBER 20, 2005

Ca&Bone - 2005;8(03)

[The studies investigate the compliance of treatment showed that the compliance is one of the most important factor which influence the success of an otherwise effective treatment. Not only the patients, but also the doctors and nurses are responsible for the unsuccessful treatment. Our article shortly review Hungarian and international data about the compliance of antiporotic treatment and summarises a study which we plan to achieve in the near future.]


  1. Fôvárosi Önkormányzat Visegrádi Rehabilitációs Szakkórháza
  2. Semmelweis Egyetem, Általános Orvosi Kar, I. sz. Belgyógyászati Klinika, Budapest



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