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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.
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.
The article presents a method for facilitating a more positive experience with "difficult" patients.
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.
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.
Patients don't need more knowledge; they need a number to shoot for.
The article describes how to more effectively advocate that your patients receive needed preventive services.
When we focus on our own agenda rather than our patient's, we too can become noncompliant.
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.
Breaking up is hard to do, even with difficult patients.