Tag Archives: Patient beliefs

Patient beliefs can significantly influence their decisions whether or not to adhere to prescribed regimens. This decision can be affected by beliefs about the necessity for medications, or beliefs about the effectiveness of medications, or concerns about the side effects of medications. Patient beliefs about their medical condition may also influence adherence. For example, patients may underestimate the severity or consequences of their illness; or may believe that they no longer need to take medications for chronic conditions, because they are not experiencing symptoms. Lastly cultural or religious beliefs may influence patients’ adherence decisions.

Patients’ Adherence Decision-Making: The Roles of Emotion and Logic

For patients, adherence decision-making is based on a mix of emotion and logic. Understanding where an individual patient’s balance point lies and responding appropriately could be a major key to better adherence. Roles of Emotion and Logic in Decision-Making If asked whether your decision-making processes leaned more on logic or emotion; what would you say? I’d guess most of us believe our decisions emerge from a rational and logical consideration… Read More »

Adherence Issues: Can Behavior Change Be a Game-Changer?

When physicians talk with patients about adherence issues, attitudes and behaviors should be important topics of discussion. Understanding the best ways to change attitudes and behaviors may be a vital step in improving adherence. Attitudes, Behaviors, and Adherence Discussions Discussions about adherence issues are rarely simple and straightforward. Patients typically have many beliefs and attitudes that influence their adherence behaviors. Some of these may be openly shared. Others may be deeply buried and not so easy to… Read More »

Changing Patient Beliefs is Key to Better Adherence

To promote better adherence, should greater emphasis be placed on changing patients’ beliefs? This post explores why changing beliefs may be a key component in interventions to improve medication adherence. Health Psychology as a Route to Better Adherence A news release on adherence and patient beliefs recently caught my eye. It came from Atlantis Healthcare, a company that uses health psychology to encourage better adherence. The rationale for this approach… Read More »