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 Developmental Disabilities/Cognitively Impaired Patients

Treatment Adherence in Developmental Disabilities/Cognitively Impaired Patients

Treatment adherence in developmental disabilities/cognitively impaired patients
Michele D.Wallace
Edwin J.Dyer

Adherence to treatment regimens for patients with developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments is a complex problem faced by the medical community. Various types of adherence problems occur with this population, including failure or refusal to take prescribed medication, such as taking medication at incorrect times or incorrect medication consumption; failure to comply with medical regimens (e.g., wearing corrective devices, following special diets); and interference with or resistance to medical procedures (e.g., resistance during physical examinations, routine health care procedures). Another type of adherence problem occurs when patients contaminate sterile equipment (e.g., touching intravenous lines with nonsterile hands; McComas, Wacker, & Cooper, 1998). In any event, these adherence failures can result ...

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