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November 1986

Patient Cooperation Instead of Compliance

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San Francisco

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(11):1587. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050230025015

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To the Editor.  —According to the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, compliance is "A tendency to yield readily to others, esp. in a weak and subservient way."Glaucoma treatment requires long-term patient self-medication. Patients must therefore cooperate in their own treatment. Although different strategies may be needed to achieve cooperation with different patients, the essence is persuasion, not coercion. Hence, compliance is not an appropriate term and should be replaced by another. I suggest patient cooperation.

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