Why patients refuse to listen: A case study in noncompliance

04/22/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

A sizable percentage of patients refuses to follow doctor's orders, to the frustration of medical practitioners who may never understand the reasons, writes Dr. Suzanne Koven. Koven shares her experience with a patient faced with numerous cardiovascular risk factors who began to follow her advice after years of noncompliance. His reasons for avoiding medication included a mistrust of pharmaceutical companies and his feelings of defeat in being ordered to follow a therapeutic regime.

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