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. 

Skills Training to Promote Patient Adherence to Treatments

Skills Training to Promote Patient Adherence to Treatments

Skills training to promote patient adherence to treatments
Kyle E.FergusonHeatherScarlett-Ferguson

Despite several decades of research, one of the greatest challenges in health care today remains poor adherence or nonadherence to prescribed treatments. Recent estimates suggest that medication adherence rates are approximately 50%, whereas adherence to lifestyle prescriptions are much lower, often less than 10% (Haynes, McDonald, & Garg, 2002). Although there is variance between groups, generally speaking, such low adherence rates are pervasive across health conditions, cultures, race, sex, intelligence, education, treatment regimens, and age groups (Dunbar-Jacob & Mortimer-Stephens, 2001; McDonald, Garg, & Haynes, 2002). Accordingly, nonadherence is a major public health concern, not only in the United States but also globally.

Definition of Adherence

Treatment adherence, as used in the ...

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