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April 1988

Semantic Follow-up: Adherence Is a Better Term Than Compliance Is a Better Term Than Cooperation

Arch Ophthalmol. 1988;106(4):450. doi:10.1001/archopht.1988.01060130492013

To the Editor.  —In the March 1987 issue of the Archives, the Editor graciously published my letter,1 wherein I took exception to another author who wished to use the term uncooperative in describing patients who failed to carry out our instructions. We argued for the use of the term compliant for a variety of reasons, including both semantics and physician responsibility.Subsequent to the publication of that letter, a book on this subject was published, entitled Facilitating Treatment Adherence—A Practitioner's Guidebook.2 For many of the

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