Compliance suggests that the patient is just following recommendations from authority, rather than following a treatment plan based on a collaboration and communication (Osterberg & Blaschke, 2005). In this scenario the patient could be labeled as “uncooperative” or “difficult.”. Open communication allows for the health care professional to realize that the patient is putting up barriers to hide how she really feels. To break the barriers the health care professional can ask several questions. Does the patient have control of their medical condition? Does the patient accept that the illness will require lifestyle change? Has the patient been educated about their illness? These questions will reveal problems the patient is experiencing with their medical condition. Help the patient feel comfortable and demonstrating a genuine interest in positive outcomes. The approach I would use to help Alma Faulkenberger would begin with apologizing for mispronouncing her name and treat her with respect. Utilizing good communication and listening skills to develop a relationship with the patient. Once a rapport is established the health care professional is able to assess the patient and realizing that she may be nervous about her procedure and nervousness can cause someone to not act as themselves. Good communication and a relationship will aid in recommendation adherence. The term compliance denotes a power differential between patient and health professional (Falvo, 2011). Instead of compliance the health care professional should aim for adherence to recommendations that are patient-centered. A relationship built on communication, respect, and active participation will help promote healthy outcomes for Alma Faulkenberger. Osterberg, L., & Blaschke, T. (2005). Adherence to medication. , (5), 487-497. Falvo, D. (2011). Effective Patient Education: A Guide to Increased Adherence. (4 ed.). Retrieved from: How To Facilitate Better Patient Compliance? (2

Compliance in healthcare refers to the extent to which a patient follows the recommendations of their healthcare provider. Traditionally, compliance has been seen as the patient simply following the authority of their healthcare provider, without much room for collaboration or communication (Osterberg & Blaschke, 2005). In this context, patients who do not comply with the recommendations may be labeled as “uncooperative” or “difficult”. However, a shift in perspective is needed to promote patient-centered care.

Open communication between the healthcare professional and the patient is essential to understanding the patient’s motivations and barriers to adherence. By asking questions such as whether the patient feels in control of their medical condition, whether they accept the need for lifestyle changes, and whether they have been properly educated about their illness, healthcare professionals can gain insight into the patient’s struggles (Osterberg & Blaschke, 2005). These questions can reveal underlying issues and help the patient feel more comfortable discussing their concerns.

To overcome the barriers to adherence, it is important for the healthcare professional to establish a relationship built on mutual respect and trust with the patient. This can be achieved through good communication and listening skills. Taking the time to apologize for any mispronunciations or mistakes and treating the patient with respect can go a long way in building rapport (Osterberg & Blaschke, 2005). Once a positive relationship is established, the healthcare professional can better assess the patient’s needs and address any anxieties or fears they may have about their procedure.

It is important to note that the term compliance implies a power differential between the patient and the healthcare professional. Instead of striving for compliance, healthcare professionals should aim for adherence to recommendations that are patient-centered (Falvo, 2011). This means involving the patient in the decision-making process and considering their individual needs and preferences. By fostering a relationship based on communication, respect, and active participation, healthcare professionals can promote better outcomes for their patients.

In conclusion, promoting patient compliance in healthcare requires a shift in perspective from a traditional authority-based approach to a patient-centered approach. Open communication, active listening, and building a respectful relationship with the patient are key elements in promoting adherence to recommendations. By understanding the patient’s motivations and barriers, healthcare professionals can address their concerns and help them feel more comfortable with the proposed treatments. Striving for adherence, rather than compliance, allows for collaboration and mutual decision-making, resulting in better healthcare outcomes for patients.