Tag Archives: Patient self-efficacy

In the context of this site, self-efficacy is a measure of a patient’s belief that he/she has the ability to take medications exactly as prescribed, in order to achieve the treatment goals discussed with his/her physician. This may include components such as patient willingness to face up to the challenges or behavior changes associated with a new medical diagnosis. Or it could also be related to an unstructured lifestyle making it difficult for the patient to adhere to a regular medication-taking regimen.

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 »