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How The Doctor-Patient Partnership Affects Treatment Adherence

Treatment adherence is crucial to getting better. I know from personal experience that when I deviate from my treatment plan (whether it's because of forgetfulness or carelessness), my health suffers. It’s essential for me, the patient, to do my part in managing my health. Ideally, it would go like this: the doctor uses his/her knowledge to diagnose and determine the best course of treatment, the patient takes said treatment. It often isn’t that simple though for a variety of reasons, like difficulty getting a diagnosis, then difficulty finding the correct treatment plan that works for that specific patient. Another issue that can arise once a treatment plan has been prescribed is adherence to treatment. Adherence (or compliance) means taking the treatment as told, on time, for the specified duration, and not missing a single dose. A 2006 study published in the Journal of American Medical Association concluded that that the average compliance for long-term treatment plans was only about 50%.

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