Comparison of methods to assess dog owners' therapeutic compliance

Linda S Barter, J. E. Maddison, A. D J Watson

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Objective: To compare different methods for assessing the compliance of veterinary clients administering medication to their dogs. Procedure: Thirty-one owners whose dogs were prescribed amoxycillin-clavulanate, twice and thrice daily, for a duration of five to seven days were recruited from three Sydney veterinary hospitals. Compliance was assessed by electronic monitoring devices, return medication counts, client self-reports and veterinarians' estimation of likely compliance. Results: Electronic monitoring showed owners administered on average 84% (range 7 to 104%) of prescribed medication to their dogs. Both return medication counts and client self-reports tended to overestimate therapeutic compliance when compared with electronic monitoring. When questioned, the majority of owners (71%) claimed perfect compliance with the prescribed regimen. No correlation was found between veterinarians' estimates of owner compliance and that assessed electronically. Conclusion: Electronic monitoring provided valuable information on dose timing and variation, but proved costly and difficult to employ in veterinary practice. Simplicity and low cost of return medication counts makes this method attractive for use in veterinary compliance studies. Client self-reports reliably detected some noncompliers and permitted identification of individual problems or errors. For practical purposes a combination of return medication counts and client self-reports may have merit in future veterinary compliance studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-446
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Veterinary Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Compliance assessment
  • Compliance estimation
  • Electronic monitoring
  • Medication counts
  • Self-reports
  • Therapeutic compliance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • veterinary(all)


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