Various ways of understanding compliance: a psychiatrist's view
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Arch Psych Psych 2011;13(3):49-55
The notion of compliance is commonly considered to be synonymous to the degree to which a patient correctly follows medical advice. Nowadays this definition is criticised for being a remnant of a paternalistic tradition in the relations between physicians and their patients. The authors discuss the contemporary views on the issue of compliance (seen either as the element of patient-practitioner interaction, self-care behaviour, as a cognitive-motivational process, or as an ideology), and highlight possible implications of those views for psychiatric practice.
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