Tuesday, June 30, 2009

If Patients Feel Monitored, Adherence Increases

Studies show that when trying to make a good impression, adults will lie on average 2-3 times in 10 minutes. The doctor’s office is not off-limits. One study showed that of 40 patients who claimed to have quit smoking, saliva tests proved 10 of them were lying. The upside is that if patients are made to feel that someone is monitoring them, their adherence goes up dramatically. For example, in a study published in 2000, two groups using inhalers were evaluated. The first did not know they were being monitored: 30/101 were non-adherent. The second did know and only 1/135 was non-adherent.