Compliance is that state of grace when the patient does what the physician reasonably asked him to do, such as keeping appointments, following dietary restrictions, taking medication, and reporting progress. Noncompliance occurs when the patient fails to follow medical instructions and, although often unrecognized and underestimated, is an important clinical syndrome in almost every medical practice. The family physician— or indeed the physician in any specialty—is not merely an observer but is a part of the problem. And he or she can do something about it.
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