Adherence To Medical Advice

OCR/CIE Health Psychology, a summary of Health Psychology by Phillip Banyard.

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Adherence To Medical Advice

Adherence to medical adviceis doing as we are told and being sensible about our health

1. Why People Don't Adhere to Medical Advice

- Individuals have their own way of doing tasks, which includes customising their treatment programmes

- Rational Non-Adherence Rational non-adherence is when patients do not comply with health requests because they do not believe it is in their best interest to do so.

2. Measuring Adherence

- Examples of measurement techniques include:

self reports, therapeutic outcomes, estimates by the health worker, pill and bottle counts, mechanical methods and biochemical tests

- We can use a variety of techniques to investigate adherence but each of these techniques produce only estimated behaviour and they all contain some degree of error

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3. Improving Adherence

- By designing information sheets and treatment programmes that are easy to understand and carry out

- By improving communication between the health worker and the patient in order for the patient to gain more information about their prescribed treatment

- By improving the memory outcomes of the patient, mainly by health workers giving information in a more categorised form.

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