Achieving compliance in chronic illness management: illustrations of trust relationships between physicians and nutrition clinic patients

M R Dibben, M E J Lean

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    Abstract

    This paper presents empirical research from a study of trust and co-operation between chronic illness patients and their physicians, conducted in nutrition clinics. The paper details models of trust and co-operative behaviour designed to aid interpretive analysis. The paper then presents an interpretive discussion of 16 examples from interactions observed between patients and their consultants at the initial visit and revisit stage of the illness management process in consecutive clinics. This illustrates some of the ways interpersonal trust development between patients and their physicians may affect health care delivery. The paper finds physicians appear to make in-clinic opportunities for building resilient trust relations with patients based on common understanding and experience, engendering more rapid patient compliance. This is further promoted by a contemporaneous positive focus on key issues, such as patient-perceived importance and patient-perceived self-competence, serving to lower patient co- operation thresholds. In the best instances, the combined effect is significant patient empowerment, and thus improved health care delivery as a result of the compliance thereby achieved. In addition, it is suggested the speed of trust development during the interactions is not commensurate with long term relationship sustainability, and suggests this as an explanation for, amongst others, failure to attend rates.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)241-258
    Number of pages18
    JournalHealth, Risk and Society
    Volume5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

    Keywords

    • interpersonal trust
    • compliance
    • chronic illness
    • risk
    • INTERPERSONAL TRUST
    • DECISION-MAKING
    • CONSULTATIONS
    • ORGANIZATION
    • PERFORMANCE
    • SCIENCE
    • LESSONS
    • MODEL

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