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Treatment Compliance

Treatment compliance refers to whether a patient does what is reasonably recommended by a provider to resolve a current mental health or medical problem being experienced by the patient. There is controversy in the field, however, surrounding the use of the term compliance. Compliance has been noted to imply a one-sided directive stemming from the provider, whereas adherence indicates a collaborative and mutually agreed-on process through which the patient is actively engaged and empowered to change. Adherence, then, refers to whether a patient embraces and follows a treatment plan by performing some behavior, or series of behaviors, that has been empirically shown to positively influence the health or mental health of the patient or to prevent the onset, development, or progression of a health ...

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