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Pharmacotherapy in Psychiatry and Neurology/Farmakoterapia w Psychiatrii i Neurologii
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1/2021
vol. 37
 
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Review paper

Why do patients not follow therapeutic recommendations?

Anna Jopowicz
1
,
Agnieszka Piechal
1, 2
,
Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzębska
1

1.
2nd Department of Neurology, Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology in Warsaw
2.
Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, Medical University of Warsaw, Centre Preclinical Research and Technology CePT
Farmakoterapia w Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2021, 37 (1), 75–93
Online publish date: 2021/11/17
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Objectives
Adherence to medical prescriptions is a basic determinant of treatment success. Failure to comply with this rule is a serious problem that affects not only the patient but also the health care system. Non-adherence to medical treatment changes the course of the disease, can lead to deterioration of health or even death; also, it contributes to the increase in healthcare costs.

Literature review
Compliance with medical recommendations is influenced by many factors, which can be divided into factors dependent on the patient, healthcare provider and healthcare system, socioeconomic situation, and certain interactions between them.

Conclusions
In order to improve the compliance with medical recommendations, it is important to identify specific barriers for each patient and to adopt appropriate techniques to overcome them. Compliance with medical recommendations is improved with good cooperation between the doctor and the patient.

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compliance with medical recommendations, taking medicines, compliance, adherence

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