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LECTURE 1.4.1- Adhering to Healthy Behavior Adherence: Ability and willingness to follow recommended health practices - Following a medical regimen - Maintaining healthy lifestyles - Going to the dr regularly o 6 basic methods for measuring patient adherence Ask the practitioner Ask the patient Ask other people Monitor medication usage Examine biochemical evidence Use a combination of those procedures Nonadherence: - Not everyone adheres o Approximately 125,000 people die every year because they are nonadherent o Nonadherence to medication regiments is 24.8% Barriers to adherence: - Cost - Regimen being too difficult or time consuming - Treat regimen as advice rather than orders - Stop taking medication when symptoms disappear Predicting who adheres: - Severity of the disease - Treatment characteristics o Side effects o Complexity of treatment
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