Medical Treatment Adherence

  • Lauren OstarelloEmail author
  • Morgan Wright
  • Thomas J. Waltz


Advancements in healthcare have resulted in many promising medical and behavioral treatments to address a variety of acute and chronic medical conditions through outpatient services. Inherent in many of these approaches is the need for patients to independently monitor and manage these regimens. Historically, this area of patient engagement has been discussed in terms of treatment adherence and nonadherence. We refer to self-management in this chapter because it is more descriptive of what care systems aim to have patients do when clinicians intervene to improve treatment adherence.


Adherence Adherence barriers Adherence assessment Adherence intervention Self-management Self-management barriers Goal setting Self-management intervention Primary care resources and supports for chronic self-management (PCRS) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauren Ostarello
    • 1
    Email author
  • Morgan Wright
    • 1
  • Thomas J. Waltz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyEastern Michigan UniversityYpsilantiUSA

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