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People often ask me how to get their friends and family to follow their doctor’s recommendations and we, as doctors, often wonder if our patients, particularly those who come in alone for visits, are taking their medications as directed and following other non medicinal recommendations. There is an entire field of research devoted to this topic and some general recommendations that are useful. The most important thing to remember is that this is an ongoing process. Even if a person follows a recommendation initially this rarely lasts without persistent follow-up and attention to the process outlined in this blog.
Let’s first consider the concept of adherence and the process anyone goes through when making a decision. This will help you see where things can break down.
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