Falvo, D.R. (2011), Effective patient education: A guide to increased adherence
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Collaboration between health care providers, such as nurses, physicians, pharmacists, and therapists, can help ensure adherence to recommended treatments. We each acquire a special set of skills and knowledge that, when implemented correctly, can be passed onto our patients and enhance their health outcomes.
Regarding Alma’s situation, I would begin by formulating a plan that actively involved the patient in the treatment, education, and continuing care. Ensuring patient compliance involves many aspects, including building a strong rapport with each patient under your care. This can be accomplished by instilling the “empowerment approach” that Rothenberg outlines in his article How to Facilitate Better Patient Compliance. “This theory states that when we give patients all the necessary information, they can make the best decision for themselves based on their own needs, circumstances, and expectations. In this regard, patients accept responsibilities and experience their own consequences” (Rothenberg, 2003).
One area of importance in encouraging compliance is ensuring a full assessment of the patient has been performed. This includes any personal or lifestyle information and areas such as “mechanical difficulties (i.e., swallowing pills), impaired mobility, cost (i.e., medications, dressing supplies), fear, pride, religious beliefs, and the patient’s perception of whether he or she is feeling better, worse, or feels there is a lack of progress” (Rothenberg, 2003).
Falvo, D. (2011). Effective Patient Education: A Guide To Increased Adherence. Retrieved from https://viewer.gcu.edu/RQBKXW
Morley, L., & Cashell, A. (2017). Collaboration in Health Care. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 48, 207-216. Retrieved from https://www.jmirs.org/article/S1939-8654(16)30117-5/pdf.
Rothenberg, G. M. (2003, June 03). How To Facilitate Better Patient Compliance. Retrieved from https://www.podiatrytoday.com/article/1612