July 31st, 2012

Therapeutic compliance refers to a person’s ability to undergo a treatment according to the prescription. This ability is influenced positively or negatively by numerous different factors that can interact with each other.

Among the most common causes of non-compliance include forgetting, not being at home, changes to daily routines, difficulty in taking treatments according to the set schedule, the desire to avoid side effects, feeling depressed, fear of being seen taking the treatment, or interruption in the supply of antiretrovirals for HIV-positive people in low- and medium-income countries.

In the case of side effects, studies have clearly demonstrated their negative impact on the degree of compliance.

Counselling and support are indispensable in improving therapeutic compliance, and are part of comprehensive care that takes into account patients’ experience of their illness and the meaning that they give to their treatment and its side effects.


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