I was just reading an interesting article about compliance. Lack of compliance is one of the biggest enemies we fight in our profession. How do we get our patients to actually perform our recommendations? First, we need to understand why they don’t always comply.
The study outlined in the article, found that half of all patients fail to follow a clinician’s instructions. This is mainly due to one or a combination of the following reasons:
Understanding where our patients’ hesitation stems can help us increase their compliance. Making sure they have all the facts is also important. I never want a patient to come back and say, ‘she never told me’. If anything, I may have put a few on information overload. But I need them to understand what is happening in their mouth and how to make it right. The next time a patient just won’t comply, think about what could be hindering them.
Lee, C. T., Huang, H. Y., Sun, T. C., & Karimbux, N. (2015). Impact of patient compliance on tooth loss during supportive periodontal therapy a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of dental research, 0022034515578910.