Patient compliance

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.

Feb 2005 Issue
Managing the Habitual No-Show Patient [Improving Patient Care]

The author describes how his practice addressed the problem of patients who frequently missed appointments by implementing an alternative form of scheduling for such patients.

Nov-Dec 2002 Issue
How to Help Your Low-Income Patients Get Prescription Drugs [Feature]

This article will discuss ways that doctors can help their patients to gain access to prescription drugs at reduced costs. Pharmaceutical-company-sponsored patient assistance programs will be discussed as well as community-based assistance programs and other models.

Nov-Dec 2001 Issue
A Tool for Safely Treating Chronic Pain [Improving Patient Care]

The article explains how one family practice uses a "medication use agreement" to prevent medication misuse while helping patients who suffer from chronic pain.

Jun 2000 Issue
Planning Group Visits for High-Risk Patients [Feature]

The author will discuss the following: 1. The steps required for planning, including selection of appropriate patients, specific details, time allotment requirements, patient educational materials and the pitfalls of group visits; 2. The need for appropriate data and documentation for reimbursement of group visits; 3. How group visits increase compliance, enhance clinical outcomes, improve patient satisfaction and reduce health care expenses.

Jul-Aug 1999 Issue
The Patient vs. Physician Relationship [Editor's Page]

Discusses the book Making Wise Medical Decisions and the consumerism movement in health care.

Mar 1998 Issue
Patient-Centered Care for Better Patient Adherence [Feature]

This article provides useful tips and advice from experts on how to promote patient adherence to a treatment plan. The author offers a range of suggestions for improving physician-patient communication and involving the patient more in decision making.

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