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PurposeTo identify a structure to explain the relationship between socio-clinico factors, necessity-concerns beliefs, and perceived barriers to adherence with adjuvant endocrine therapy (AET) amongst women with breast cancer.MethodsParticipants were 244 patients with early-stage breast cancer recruited from two tertiary hospitals from May 2015 to December 2018 who completed questionnaires on medication adherence (Simplified Medication Adherence Questionnaire), necessity-concerns beliefs (Beliefs about Medicine Questionnaire), and barriers to adherence (Adherence Starts with Knowledge Questionnaire). Socio-clinico variables were collected via interview and medical records review. Structural equation modelling was applied to examine the relationships between these variables and possible mediating effects of necessity-concerns beliefs on adherence to AET.ResultsThe median age of the study participants was 61 (range 32-80) years and the median duration on AET was 1.6 (IQR 1.2-2.6) years. Adherence was positively associated with age (β = 0.145, 95% CI: 0.011 to 0.279, p = 0.034) and negatively associated with barriers (β = - 0.381, 95% CI: - 0.511 to - 0.251, p ConclusionsOlder age and lower barriers to adherence were associated with higher adherence scores. Necessity-concerns beliefs did not have a significant effect on adherence as majority of the patients identified forgetfulness as a reason for non-adherence.

Original publication

DOI

10.1007/s10549-021-06204-9

Type

Journal article

Journal

Breast cancer research and treatment

Publication Date

04/05/2021

Addresses

Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, National University of Singapore and National University Health System, 12 Science Drive 2, #10-03F, Singapore, 117549, Singapore.