5 Tips to Encourage Patient Compliance

An article published in the US National Library of Medicine by the National Institutes of Health reveals that 33 to 69 percent of all the medication-related hospital admissions in the United States are a direct result of noncompliance. The institution also revealed that noncompliance resulted in a cost of about $100 billion per year. ReactDx, ECG monitor experts, offers a few tips that doctors can implement to encourage their patients to follow-through with their prescribed treatments.

Keep Instructions Simple

Some patients may neglect to follow their care plan because they simply don’t understand it. When giving instructions to the patient at the end of their visit, replace medical jargon with language the patient will understand. It can also be helpful to have the patient repeat the instructions back to you so you’re sure he or she knows what to do.

Print the Treatment Plan Out

If a patient has multiple changes to their medications or a variety of tests you’d like them to schedule, it is best to print the treatment plan out and give them a copy. This way, the patient can refer back to the instructions as needed. You may even want to have the instructions written out in a step-by-step list that is easy to follow.

Stress the Severity of Noncompliance

It may be that your patient doesn’t understand the consequences of not following through with your treatment plan. Before the patient leaves the exam room, go over the potential risks of not taking the medications or having the prescribed tests completed.

Build a Rapport

Taking the time to build a relationship with the patient can make all the difference. If they feel they can trust you, then he or she is more likely to have enough confidence in you and believe that following your orders is best.

Acknowledge Accomplishments

Let patients know you appreciate their efforts and that you’re proud of their accomplishments. If they quit smoking or started to lose weight, make that achievement a big deal. The patient will feel good about what they’ve done so far, and will then be motivated to listen to any new instructions you have for their care plan.

Implementing these changes may take time, but it is worth it in the end when you have more patients who are taking their health seriously and following sound medical advice.

ReactDx makes a line of ECG monitors that can be used to check a patient’s heart health so you have the information you need to develop a care plan. Call ReactDx at 800-234-3278 to learn more, or visit our News & Updates page.  

Jodi is a seasoned Human Resources professional who thrives on change and transformation. She fell in love with Human Resources when she attended Penn State University for graduate school in Public Administration with a curriculum that emphasized Human Resources. After earning her Master’s degree she began her career in the manufacturing industry in Talent Acquisition and was eventually assigned the overall HR Management responsibility of three divisions which included collective bargaining. Ultimately, she made her way to transitioning a new division of a Fortune 100 company under the corporate model as well as developing and executing Human Resources policies and procedures across a broad range of functional disciplines. At the next juncture of her career, she was tapped on the shoulder by former Executives that she previously worked with to join in on an exciting start-up. Today, Jodi is the Vice President of Talent Relations and Development for Medicomp Inc dba ReactDx and is responsible for managing the strategic Human Resources function which includes mergers and acquisitions for this rapidly expanding company.

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