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Eric R. Levensky & William T. O'Donohue

In: Promoting Treatment Adherence: A Practical Handbook for Health Care Providers

Chapter 1: Patient Adherence and Nonadherence to Treatments: An Overview for Health Care Providers

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Patient Adherence and Nonadherence to Treatments: An Overview for Health Care Providers
Patient adherence and nonadherence to treatments: An overview for health care providers
Eric R.LevenskyWilliam T.O'Donohue

Advancements in health care have yielded numerous effective medical and behavioral health treatments which, if administered correctly, can help patients live healthier, happier, and longer lives. However, all too often the benefits of these treatments are not fully realized because of patient nonadherence. Virtually all medical and behavioral health treatments require at least some degree of behavior change on the part of the patient (e.g., coming to appointments, picking up medications, agreeing to have assessments and procedures performed), and many treatments require significant behavior change (e.g., following demanding and complex medication regimens; making dietary, activity, or other lifestyle changes; enduring ...

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