Compliance, low literacy, and locus of control

Nurs Clin North Am. 1989 Sep;24(3):605-11.


Compliance remains a critical, complex issue in health care today. As outlined, many interrelated factors affect levels of compliance and noncompliance. Assessing literacy and locus of control may assist the health care professional in identifying persons less likely to comply with medical treatments. Although compliance remains difficult to predict, these components should be considered carefully in patient-professional relationships and patient education.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Cognitive Dissonance
  • Cultural Deprivation
  • Educational Status*
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control*
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Self Concept
  • Socioeconomic Factors