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  • Understanding patient behaviour

    Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still (chinese proverb)

    Change is a process that happens gradually in time. An individual goes through several stages and often leaps from stage to stage until he manages to adopt and retain a behavioral change. Being able to identify the patient's stage of readiness and risk level, is crucial in order to propose a stage-specific intervention.

    Understanding patient readiness to make change, appreciating barriers to change and helping patients anticipate relapse can improve patient satisfaction and compliance.


    Patient's effort for changing and achieving compliance should be supported by specialized compliance programs where the patient comes first. We design and carry out these programs, bearing in mind that our goal is to reinforce patients' intrinsic motives for a change and clear any issues and doubts. 


  • Steps of patient behaviour

    Stage 1: Precontemplation (Not Ready)

    Behavior characteristics Recommendations

    does not intend to have any change in behavior in the near future

    encouragement to become more mindful of their decision making

    more info on the multiple benefits of changing an unhealthy behavior.

    may be unaware of the need to change

    underestimate the pros of changing, overestimate the cons

    may have experienced disappointment from previous tries

    Stage 2: Contemplation (Getting Ready)

    Behavior characteristics Recommendations

    intending to start the healthy behavior but there is still ambivalence

    Identify the barriers and misconceptions

    Talk about their concerns

    look into a potential support network

    weigh whether their cons are about equal to their pros

    Stage 3: Preparation (Ready)

    Behavior characteristics Recommendations

    ready to take small steps towards healthy behavior

    encouragement to seek support from their environment they and tell people about their plan to change

    setting realistic goals and time frame for changing

    Stage 4: Action

    Behavior characteristics Recommendations

    have changed their behavior and need to work hard to keep moving ahead

    learn how to strengthen their commitments to change

    fight urges to slip back.

    rewarding themselves for taking steps toward changing

    Stage 5: Maintenance

    Behavior characteristics Recommendations

    aware of situations that may tempt them to slip back into doing the unhealthy

    Seek support from and talk with people whom they trust and spend time with people who behave in healthy ways

    Come up with strategies to avoid slip backs

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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