Patient compliance

January/February 2014 Issue
How to Bridge the Health Literacy Gap [Feature]

A significant percentage of patients have limited health literacy, meaning they have trouble finding, understanding, and using health-related information to make good decisions about their medical care and personal health. This can complicate a physician's attempts to explain a patient's condition and steer them toward better health decisions. Considering the likelihood of a patient's poor health literacy, physicians should adjust their communication strategy with all patients, making sure to use simpler explanations, focus on two or three key messages per visit, speak slowly, ask patients to repeat instructions to ensure understanding, and make sure printed materials are easy to understand.

November/December 2013 Issue
Getting Through to Your Patients [The Last Word]

A simple mnemonic will help you focus on your patients' communication style.

May/June 2013 Issue
SUPPLEMENT: Engaging Patients in Collaborative Care Plans [Feature]

Many adults with chronic illnesses lack the knowledge, confidence, and skills to effectively manage their conditions. In this article, the authors describe a method for creating collaborative care plans to improve the health outcomes of patients with chronic conditions.

March/April 2013 Issue
Medication Adherence: We Didn't Ask and They Didn't Tell [Feature]

The authors emphasize the importance of diagnosing medication nonadherence and determining how to minimize it for a given patient. They suggest approaches to the patient designed to uncover nonadherence, to avoid inadvertently encouraging it, and to encourage adherence.

July/August 2012 Issue
Rethinking the Difficult Patient Encounter [Feature]

The article presents a method for facilitating a more positive experience with "difficult" patients.

May/June 2011 Issue
Encouraging Patients to Change Unhealthy Behaviors With Motivational Interviewing [Feature]

This simple interviewing technique is designed to stimulate patients' desire to change and give them the confidence to do so.

Sep-Oct 2009 Issue
Five Communication Strategies to Promote Self-Management of Chronic Illness [Feature]

This article discusses the concept of self-management and how best to teach patients with chronic illness to manage their illness with skill and self-efficacy.

May-Jun 2009 Issue
The Problem With Diet and Exercise Plans [Opinion]

Patients don't need more knowledge; they need a number to shoot for.

Jan 2008 Issue
Preventive Medicine: Giving Patients the Hard Sell [Feature]

The article describes how to more effectively advocate that your patients receive needed preventive services.

Oct 2007 Issue
Moving Beyond "Noncompliance" [The Last Word]

When we focus on our own agenda rather than our patient's, we too can become noncompliant.

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