Study: 83% of Americans Don't Follow Prescribed Treatment Plans

A recent study by TeleVox reveals that 83 percent of surveyed Americans admit they don't adhere to treatment plans prescribed by their physicians.

The survey responses are from 1,015 Americans and 2,200 healthcare providers. Results show healthcare professionals believe almost all (95 percent) of their patients fail to adhere to their treatment plans. In addition, 15 percent of healthcare professionals report feeling frustrated because patients fail to follow their treatment plans and only 7 percent feel they successfully help patients become healthier.


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The survey also reveals some challenges and areas of opportunity for physicians and patients in maintaining health. Eighty percent of healthcare professionals agree motivation and coaching can help their patient take steps toward improving their health, and 42 percent of patients feel they could follow their treatment plans better if they received encouragement from physicians between visits.

Another 35 percent of patients believe they would better adhere to their treatment plans if they received reminders about specific steps they need to take, such as taking their medicine. Despite this, the survey also shows only 1 in 4 healthcare professionals believe it is their job to keep patients on track between office visits and more than half admit they don't communicate with their patients between visits.

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