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November 1, 1965

The Physician and His Patient— A Case of Failure to Follow Orders

JAMA. 1965;194(5):25-26. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090180111051

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Close to one third of all patients apparently fail to follow the orders of their physicians— but, a new study indicates, most physicians fail to realize this.

Results of the study were reported to the fall meeting of the American College of Physicians in Miami Beach by Milton S. Davis, PhD, associate professor of sociology in medicine, Cornell University Medical College.

Obviously, Dr. Davis said, the value of diagnosis and prescription may be severely limited if the patient fails to comply. He described the conditions under which noncompliance is most frequently encountered and suggested that physicians must shoulder the major responsibility for closing the surprising gap between prescription and performance.

Previous Studies Analyzed  Dr. Davis based his report on a systematic analysis of 27 previous studies of patient noncompliance, plus a survey of 132 senior physicians on the faculty of a teaching hospital and 86 junior physicians or senior medical

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