Relationship of physician behavior to patient compliance

Patient Couns Health Educ. 1980;2(4):185-8. doi: 10.1016/s0738-3991(80)80101-7.


The authors investigated patients' perception of two aspects of physician behavior during patient-physician interaction, namely, explanation given to the patient and concern for the patient. The relationship between these factors and patient compliance with the therapeutic regimen was then determined. Results showed a statistically significant relationship between these two aspects of physician behavior and patient compliance: the more patients perceived the physician as giving explanations and showing concern, the better was patient compliance.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Behavior
  • Drug Therapy / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Physician-Patient Relations*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires