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Claire Johannesen HM 404 Module 1 Position Paper 27 October 2017 Despite the endless years of training and education that doctors must endure in order to do what they do, patients still have a hard time following doctors’ advice. Patients may believe that they are more qualified to cure their own medical concerns despite the amount of (or lack thereof) training and education they may have. This measurement of patients’ ability to follow doctors’ orders is called compliance. Compliance can be defined as “the extent to which a person’s behavior (in terms of taking medications, following diets, or executing lifestyle changes) coincides with medical or health advice.” (Morris 284). People who fall into the “non- compliant” category create an interestingly controversial dynamic for the ethics of healthcare. While both sides of this issue are equally as reasonable, the patient is making a decision to refuse the best care possible when he or she decides to be noncompliant and/or not cooperative. From the perspective of a physician, it seems to be a waste of time to treat a patient who is noncompliant. However, as said by Fedder, regardless of the patient population compliance rate is usually well below 100%. It is estimated that about a third comply always, a third sometimes comply and a third never comply (Morris 285). Thus, health care providers will constantly be in a state of fighting patients who do not comply with the policies in which they should. Physicians themselves often do not comply when they are in the role of the patient, due
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