Patient compliance

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

The article explains the concept of motivational interviewing, a validated method to generate patient engagement and activation and involve them in setting their own health goals and agendas.

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.

Apr 2006 Issue
Can Your Patients Afford the Medications You Prescribe? [Feature]

The author describes communication strategies for determining whether patients can afford the medications they need and suggests ways of ensuring that patients with limited means will have access to affordable prescription drugs.

Jan 2006 Issue
The Firing Squad [The Last Word]

Breaking up is hard to do, even with difficult patients.

Sep 2005 Issue
Terminating a Patient: Is It Time to Part Ways? [Feature]

The author discusses different reasons for ending a physician-patient relationship -- multiple missed appointments, unpaid bills, disruptive behavior in the clinic -- and describes the steps that should be taken to properly terminate a patient.

Jun 2005 Issue
Five Tips for Generating Patient Satisfaction and Compliance [Feature]

The article explains how physicians can increase patient satisfaction and compliance by employing five principles from the business world.

May 2005 Issue
Beyond Charting: Using Your EHR's Data to Improve Quality [Computers]

Author describes how his residency program uses Crystal Reports to produce reports from their EMR system -- reports that have been useful in QI programs that have improved A1c, LDL and other outcome parameters.

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