September 1982

Methods of Improving Patient Compliance in Chronic Disease States

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas.

Arch Intern Med. 1982;142(9):1673-1675. doi:10.1001/archinte.1982.00340220089016

• Patients with chronic diseases fail to comply with the regimen prescribed by the physician for a variety of reasons. Physicians must be aware of the likelihood of noncompliance in the individual patient and make strong efforts to detect problems and persuade patients of the importance of adherence to a program designed to reach and maintain stated, and often negotiated, therapeutic goals. It is the physician's responsibility to teach, motivate, and strengthen the patient to maximize compliance in a largely unsupervised setting. This can best be accomplished by a process of "therapeutic partnership."

(Arch Intern Med 1982;142:1673-1675)