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. 

Treatment Adherence in Difficult (Personality Disordered) Patients

Treatment Adherence in Difficult (Personality Disordered) Patients

Treatment adherence in difficult (personality disordered) patients
Mandra L.Rasmussen Hall

The term difficult patient can mean very different things to different clinicians. Depending on the level of experience and personality styles, clinicians may have diverse levels of tolerance for extreme client characteristics and behaviors. In this chapter, we use the term difficult patient to refer to individuals who are demanding, unpleasant to work with, hard to manage, and/or tax clinician resources. Our conceptualization of the difficult patient does not include egregious behaviors that threaten clinician boundaries or safety. Nor does it include the typical range of patient skills deficits that can make therapy challenging, such as interpersonal difficulties or minimal expressions of emotion. In our view, difficult patients are those ...

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