Non-compliance in general health care

Claydon, Bridget E. & Efron, Nathan (1994) Non-compliance in general health care. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 14(3), pp. 257-264.


An increased interest in non-compliance has been demonstrated by the great number of papers recently published on the subject. A review of the relevant literature shows a pattern emerging of at least one third of clients being non-compliant. This can result in a hazard to health, a waste of health resources and much frustration for practitioners and clients in many areas of health care. There are multiple factors which appear to be related to non-compliance in a complex and interdependent way. These factors can be described under three main headings: the client, the treatment and disorder, and the clinic interactions. Compliance is summarized as the shared responsibility of practitioner and client in a health care partnership. The purpose of this paper is to review the extensive literature on compliance in general health care and to present a set of guidelines for the enhancement of compliance in the form of a general model.

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ID Code: 3381
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Treatment Refusal, /psychology, Attitude to Health, Cost of Illness, Guidelines, Health Services, Humans, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Personality, Physician, Patient Relations, Research Support, Non, U, S, Gov't
ISSN: 0275-5408
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1994 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 06:56

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