Promoting Treatment Adherence provides health care providers with a comprehensive set of information and strategies for understanding and promoting treatment adherence across a wide range of treatment types and clinical populations. The information is presented in a practical how-to manner, and is intended as a resource that practitioners can draw from to improve skills in promoting treatment adherence. 

Adherence to Medications

Adherence to medications
Paul F.Cook

As Sir William Osler (1849–1919) noted, “The desire to take medication is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man [and woman] from animals” (Cushing, 1940, p. 342). But regardless of humans' tendency to medicate themselves, adherence to prescribed medications can be a particularly challenging aspect of adherence to medical treatment regimens. This has been recognized since the time of Hippocrates (ca. 200 BCE) who admonished physicians to “keep watch also on the fault of patients which often makes them lie about taking of things prescribed” (Henrichs, 1985, p. 71). Unlike adherence to other aspects of a treatment regimen, such as completing office visits, adhering to a specific diet, or maintaining an exercise routine, taking medication is most often a ...

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