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Type of Work11 pages
Citation of Original PublicationGammon, E., & Zisook, S. (1980). Medical noncompliance. International journal of psychiatry in medicine, 10 4, 291-301.
Increasingly recognized as a major medical health problem, non-compliant patient behavior remains on e of the least understood and most frustrating phenomena facing today's physicians. Although no single characteristic of behavior adequately defines the potential non-complier, a variety of factors raises the index of physician suspicion. This papaer examined four general categories affecting non-compliant behavior: patient factors, illness factors, therapeutic regimen factors, and physician-patient interaction factors. Based on these elements, a set of management implications is defined and discussed as possible deterrents to non-compliant behavior.