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Family Adherence to Health Care Regimen

  • By: M. Robin DiMatteo & Nancy L. Sin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Fostering healthy behaviors and managing chronic medical conditions are essential family actions. In 2009 nearly half of all Americans had a chronic medical condition, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Effective management of chronic conditions may require adherence to a variety of health behaviors, including exercise, dietary modification, daily disease monitoring, keeping medical appointments, and taking prescription medications. Adherence can be essential to good health outcomes.

Adherence to Medical Treatment

The term adherence (also called compliance) involves accurately implementing a health care recommendation or treatment prescribed by a health care professional. Faithful adherence for many chronic disease conditions is remarkably low. Based on a meta-analysis of 569 studies of adherence conducted by M. Robin DiMatteo, at least 1 in 4 patients is nonadherent to their physician's ...

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