STEPHEN A. ERAKER, M.D., M.P.H.; JOHN P. KIRSCHT, Ph.D.; MARSHALL H. BECKER, Ph.D., M.P.H.
The problem of patient compliance, as well as the ability of the physician to understand, detect, and improve compliance, are described in relation to a new model of health decisions and patient behavior. The health decision model combines decision analysis, behavioral decision theory, and health beliefs. This model provides a framework for modifying general health beliefs; treatment recommendations; experience with therapeutic regimens and health care providers; patient knowledge and social interaction patterns. Physicians, guided by certain ethical restraints, are in a unique position of responsibility and opportunity to actively encourage patient compliance with treatment.
STEPHEN A. ERAKER, JOHN P. KIRSCHT, MARSHALL H. BECKER. Understanding and Improving Patient Compliance. Ann Intern Med. 1984;100:258–268. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-100-2-258
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