How strengthening the physician-patient relationship can bolster compliance — 4 thoughts

Patients may be more prone to comply with medication and health recommendations if their physician has an active role in their care, according to HCP Live.

Here are four thoughts:

1. A Physicians Foundation survey found 79 percent of patients reported their physician impacted the treatment options available to them.

2. While 90 percent of patients reported being satisfied with their primary care physician, many patients stated they had mounting frustration over their ability to manage high healthcare costs and medical debt.

3. Rip Hollister, MD, a Physicians Foundation board member, said physicians can help patients adhere to treatment plans in a value-based care model. He said, "Value's a great sounding word, but it becomes sort of meaningless when you give it to a patient. What they value is the relationship with their doctor, their ability to communicate and to spend time, and collaborate and develop care plans."

4. Physicians can also foster relationships with different entities in a patient's continuum of care, such as the ancillary providers. Dr. Hollister often negotiates prices with a reference lab so the healthcare costs do not place a heavy burden on patients.

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