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
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.