Compliancy can be one of the biggest challenges we face in patient care. We, as healthcare professionals, can perform every test under the sun, run every lab and physically show a patient different ways they can try to instill their eye drops, but none of that matters when the patient decides to do nothing with it. A patient can be their own worst enemy without even realizing it, so it is our job to motivate them to do their best for them.
In order to get patients to want to comply with their medical orders, they need to be spoken to as equals. Nobody likes to be patronized or spoken down to. When patients feel that they are just as integral part of their healthcare as their practitioners, they are more likely to comply with the directions given to them by their healthcare providers, like dietary changes, smoking cessation and taking the correct dosages of their medications.
All we can do is try our best to motivate our patients, but we can’t force them to do anything. Even though a person may look toward a healthcare professional for help, they do not want to be told what to do—it’s human nature. By being genuinely supportive and keeping the patient’s well-being in the forefront, you can encourage them to make better health choices for them.