Role of habit in adherence to medical treatment

Diabet Med. 2005 Apr;22(4):415-20. doi: 10.1111/j.1464-5491.2004.01449.x.


This paper presents an analysis, from a philosophical point of view, of three psychological models describing how one adopts a health behaviour. More specifically, this analysis makes it possible to explain the role of habit in therapeutic adherence. By clarifying the notions of intention and decision, this novel analysis may be useful for understanding the dynamics of diabetes care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Decision Making
  • Diabetes Mellitus / psychology
  • Diabetes Mellitus / therapy*
  • Habits*
  • Health Behavior
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Motivation
  • Patient Compliance*