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Volume 8, Number 10—October 2002
Bioterrorism-related Anthrax

Bioterrorism-related Anthrax

Adherence to Antimicrobial Inhalational Anthrax Prophylaxis among Postal Workers, Washington, D.C., 2001

Mariaelena D. Jefferds*Comments to Author , Kayla F. Laserson*, Alicia M. Fry*, Sharon L. Roy*, James Hayslett*, Laurence Grummer-Strawn*, Laura Kettel-Khan*, Anne Schuchat*, and selected members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Anthrax Adherence Team1
Author affiliations: *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA;

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Table 3

Predictors of intermediate adherence (n=102) compared with full adherence, Washington, D.C., 1991 (n=98)a

Predictor covariates

Adjusted, OR (95% CI)
p value
Age 18–44 y 2.2 (1.1, 4.4) p<0.05
Adverse effectsb A lot 2.8 (1.1, 7.4) p<0.05
Some 1.5 (0.8, 2.8) n.s.
Not at all ref -
Trouble remembering pillsc Yes 2.2 (1.2, 4.1) p<0.05

a OR, odds ratio; 95% CI, 95% confidence interval; n.s., not statistically significant; ref, referent.
bReported how much side effects affected their life.
cReported they sometimes or almost always had trouble remembering their pills.

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1 The following members of the team were involved in the Washington, D.C., area response: Theodies Mitchell, Charlie Chamberlain, Arlene Shaw, Margaret Patterson, Chang Lee, Daryle Hardge, Veronica McCant, Robert Fireall, Colleen Crowley, Sandra Mattson, Margaret Tipple, Suzanne Lebovit, Pat Cook, Valerie J. Curry, Kelly Holton, Susan L. Lukacs, Julia C. Rhodes, Cindy R. Friedman, Holly A. Williams, Michelle G. Goveia, Leigh Winston, Heather Burke, Veronica Alvarez, Gail M. Stennies, Ernest E. Smith, Brigette Finkelstein, Julia Smith, Bobbie Person, Ian Williams, Wanda Walton, Nick Deluca, Regina Bess, Gabrielle Benenson, Kathleen Hutchins, and Luetta Schneider.