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December 3, 1982

Increasing Patient Compliance With Prescriptions

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychology, La Trobe University (Dr Peck) and Preston Institute of Technology (Dr King), Bundoora, Victoria, Australia.

JAMA. 1982;248(21):2874-2877. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330210056035

In this review, we address the problem of patient noncompliance with taking prescribed medication. Eight methods of improving patient compliance are outlined as follows: (1) improving the physician-patient interaction, (2) fear-arousing health messages, (3) education, (4) written instructions, (5) special drug packaging, (6) tailoring, (7) self-monitoring, and (8) contingency management. Several problems associated with the use of compliance-enhancing strategies are mentioned. Finally, the Health Belief Model is suggested as a framework capable of integrating some of the research findings in this area.

(JAMA 1982;248:2874-2877)