Patient Perception of Effectiveness
Therapies don’t always offer obvious signs of improvement, so patients may doubt their effectiveness. Help your patients understand that relapses may occur, even with treatment. 61
Insurance issues or coverage gaps can make it difficult for patients to afford their treatment. Refer your patients to various organizations or resources that can provide financial support. 61
Patients may not always understand the instructions they received from you or their doctors. Use short words, simple sentences and clear instructions, and verbally reinforce written instructions. 62
Cultural or Religious Differences 63
Cultural or religious circumstances can magnify the discrepancy between the views of patients and health care providers. Recognize and take into account the way the patient experiences their illness when building their care plan.