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The relevance of compliance to medical treatment Compliance in medicine is the need for the patient to play an active part in his or her own recovery

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The relevance of compliance to medical treatment Compliance in medicine is the need for the patient to play an active part in his or her own recovery from an illness. Patients that do not follow a specified treatment plan are considered non-compliant. In order for a patient to achieve good health, it is important for the patient to follow the guidelines set down by medical practitioners. Non compliance can come in many forms from refusing to take medicine to the lack of understanding of the patient's condition and the long lasting effects this may have on their health. In order to improve the situation it's important to look at why people find it difficult to follow medical advice and to find out ways of improving the situation. Compliance can be seen as one of the most important factors regarding a patient's recovery from an illness to achieve this it is important to gain an insight to the problems that are faced from a psychological point of view. A good example of this can be found as a result of studies made by Sarafino (1994). He explored the prospect regarding how much people adhere to medical treatment proscribed to them by health care workers. ...read more.


There are also the more practical problems of treatments such as the cost of prescriptions or getting to the hospital or surgery, some families or older people may find this difficult to afford. Or just find it hard to fit appointments into their busy lifestyles. While other psychologists such as (Baret et al 2001) found that people don't like to take anymore then 3 drugs at a time without a better understanding of the drug. These issues can leave us with major problems as health care workers. If people do not take medical treatment as required this can cause implications on the health service itself. For instance if a person refused to have a flu jab, and three months down the line contracted flu which later turned in to phenomena. This could result in a lengthy stay in hospital to recover, this also can be a drain on the health service resources and with risks to the persons long-term health. There is also a darker side to non-compliance this can be seen in mental health wards when for instance patients that suffer from schizophrenia or personality disorder. Sufferers can become dangerous if medication is not used regularly, We are then forced to rely on the use of sections, which can come into play if medication is not being taken, forcing the person to be of unfit mind. ...read more.


To complement the research other investigation's carried out by Lay and Morris (1984) have found that the effect of written information on medication has found to increased knowledge in 90% of studies, and increase unto 60% in compliance. This proves that if the time is taken to go through care plans and supply patients with supportive information patients will be far more equipped in the long term with positive information to enable them to make a full recovery. In conclusion, to make treatments more successful simple rules can be followed. Keeping information to a low intellectual format that makes it easier for the patient to follow and adhere to. The medical practitioner should increase the communication regarding medication and the benefits this will have on their health, and by emphasising the importance of completing the treatment. Ensuring that the patient understands what the side effects of the drugs are, and the level to which the drugs will work, so that the patients understanding of the drug does not exceed expectations. Alongside with enhanced bedside manner this will inset confidence within the patient resulting in a better relationship between them and the health care worker. Once the patient has a better knowledge of what is expected of them, they will have a better understanding of the treatment and will feel happier implicating this into their lifestyle, therefore being compliant. ...read more.

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