Factors Affecting Patient Compliance

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In today’s society we evolve in a highly scientific and technical world, while the importance of proper health care and the ability to cure has become remarkable. Within practices today, the perspective of the patient on his or her treatment should be of utter importance. Hereby stressing the need for patient compliance, compliance being adherence to a treatment regimen or any recommendation from a physician or health care provider. Noncompliance is associated with an increase of medical risk and possibly mortality depending on how serious the illness is. Without patient compliance therapeutic goals are not met and the benefits are not obtained, certain factors have been addressed to why compliance differs in patients, however not enough research has been done. The aim of this paper is to identify the possible role of psychosocial factors and how this influences patient compliance. “Social factors include general factors at the level of human society concerned with social structure and social processes that impinge on the individual. Psychological factors include individual level processes and meanings that influence mental states. This is a short-hand term for the combination of psychological and social, but it also implies that the effect of social processes is sometimes mediated through psychological understanding.” (Stansfeld & Rasul, 2007) The psychosocial factors thought to influence patients compliance that will be discussed are: the patients health beliefs and

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