One hurdle in treating patients, particularly children and teens, is ensuring compliance with treatment protocols. It can feel like an uphill battle, but there are things you can do to improve your patients’ adherence level.
According to Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology, pathology, and public health sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, there are many reasons why patients resist following instructions. But, a comprehensive approach can help you change their behavior. Feldman recommends establishing a system to encourage adherence from the first visit. Concentrating on patient adherence might not be your primary focus, Dr. Feldman says, but with the right compliance protocol you could be as effective in helping patients stick with treatment as you are providing a diagnosis.
Here are some tips he shared with attendees at the American Academy of Dermatology 2018 Summer Meeting.
Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D. “Optimizing Topical Therapy in Atopic Dermatitis,” American Academy of Dermatology 2018 Summer Meeting, Chicago, Ill., July 29, 10a.m.-1p.m.