[ill]nfluence of Home Monitoring on Compliance With a Reduced Sodium Intake Diet

[ill]riedrich C. Luft, MD; Rebecca S. Sloan, BSN, RN; Catherine L. Lang, RD; Stuart J. Cohen, EdD; [ill]aomi S. Fineberg, PhD; Judy Z. Miller, PhD; Myron H. Weinberger, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(10):1963-1965. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.04400010071013.
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• To test the utility of a qualitative chloride titrator strip in [ill]acilitating compliance with a reduced sodium intake diet, we [ill]nrolled 32 patients into a randomized crossover trial compris[ill]g two study periods of four weeks each. The study periods [ill]ere begun after the patients had undergone extensive in[ill]truction in the diet and the use of the strip. A high degree of [ill]orrelation between the patient's and the laboratory's in[ill]erpretation of the strip result was identified in 29 of the [ill]ubjects. Ability to use the strip was not related to level of [ill]ducation. A total of 12 patients achieved compliance with the [ill]iet when using the strips. Of these, nine were able to achieve [ill]ompliance without the strips. Ten patients (30%) had signifi[ill]antly lower sodium intake when using the strips than when [ill]ey did not use them. We conclude that the use of the chloride [ill]trator strip can be mastered by most patients and, in conjunc[ill]on with dietary counseling, can facilitate compliance with a [ill]educed sodium intake diet.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:1963-1965)


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