The problem with the word, “noncompliance”
The issue of noncompliance comes up repeatedly in patient care.
Whether in the context of primary care or allied health care, in most situations, patients seem unreasonable and irresponsible when it comes to taking their medication, attending consultations, adjusting lifestyles, or heeding the advice of their providers.
A critical examination presents the term “compliance” as negativistic and synonymous with victimization, powerlessness, and the inability to self-determine. Due to the gravity of some …