Strategies for Improving Adherence to Pediatric Medical Regimens

Part of the Clinical Child Psychology Library book series (CCPL)


Adherence improvement strategies can be broadly classified as educational, organizational, and behavioral (Dunbar, Marshall, & Hovell, 1979). Educational strategies primarily rely on verbal and written instructions designed to inform patients and their families about diseases, treatment regimens, potential negative side effects of treatment, and the importance of consistent adherence. Organizational strategies target ways in which health care is delivered, including increasing access to health care services, simplifying regimens, and increasing provider supervision of regimens. Behavioral strategies refer to behavior-change techniques to alter specific adherence behaviors such as, patient and parental monitoring of regimens, problem-solving, contracting, and token reinforcement programs.


Otitis Medium Medical Regimen Parental Monitoring Applied Behavior Analysis Negative Side Effect 


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© Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, 233 Spring 1999

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