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DefinitionWhy change?Dimensions
  • What is patient compliance?

    Getting the right diagnosis and the right treatment plan, is the foundation of dealing successfully with a disease and enhancing quality of life.

    The fact that patients often disregard medical advice has been acknowledged for centuries. Over 2,000 years ago Hippocrates warned physicians to "keep watch also on the faults of the patients which often make them lie about taking the things prescribed."

    The effectiveness of a treatment depends greatly on the patient himself and the attitude he adopts towards getting treated.Compliance is the extent to which a person's behavior coincides with medical advice on taking drugs, dietary habits or life-style changes in general.

    When it comes to medicine, compliance can be described as the patient taking the right medicine, on the right time, at the right dosage and for the right amount of time in line with his doctor's advice.

  • Why change as patient

    • To improve my physical and mental state.
    • To become more self reliant and independent.
    • To stop feeling weak and helpless.
    • To be able to provide better care to my loved ones.
    • To have complete overview of my health and medical treatment.
    • To make radical changes in my lifestyle and avoid slip backs.
  • Dimensions of patient compliance

    Being adherent to a treatment plan is a continuous and dynamic procedure that is constantly affected by a variety of factors

    • Socio-economic factors: sex, social status, income, location
    • Factors related to health condition: the condition itself, severity of symptoms, degree of dysfunction, duration
    • Factors related to therapy: receiving information about it, complexity, results, previously failed treatment, adverse events
    • Factors related to health system: quality of doctor-patient relationship, access to health system, development of health system and choices available

    Factors related to the patient himself: awareness and attitude towards the disease and therapy, motivation, expectations of therapy outcome, values and beliefs.


Question1: Do you know the names of all the drugs you have to take?
Question 2: Do you know the reason you have to take each of the drugs prescribed?
Question 3: Are you familiar with the way you have to take your medication?
Question 4: Do you believe you need all the drugs prescribed to you?
Question 5: Have you ever been careless with the time you have to take your medication?
Question 6: Do you ever forget to take your prescribed medication?
Question 7: Do you sometimes stop taking your drugs when you start feeling better?
Question 8: Do you sometimes stop taking your drugs if they make you feel worse?
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