What can I do to comply with the treatments, plans of care, or prescriptions that resulted from my collaboration with my PCP or specialty physician(s)?
You’ve invested a lot of time, attention, and energy so far – thoughtfully choosing your physician, researching and understanding your alternatives, and collaborating with your provider to come up with a personalized, precision plan that’s right for you. But now comes the most important part – just do it!
Patient compliance with medication and treatment plans has traditionally been very low – often less than 50%. But now you have few excuses for poor compliance. So let’s make it simple …
Steps to help you achieve your treatment goals:
Collaborate in goal setting and in choosing your plan – as covered in previous sections, your active participation means the goal and plan is specific to you.
Understand your plan – if you have any questions whatsoever about effective compliance with your plan, be sure to ask your provider before the end of your visit. If your plan isn’t thoroughly documented in your Visit Note (or if you don’t immediately get a copy), then write your plan down so there are no doubts.
Own your plan and demonstrate resolve – you participated in creating it, and you’re the one benefiting from achieving your goal. This plan isn’t something that’s being imposed on you against your will; it’s yours. Own it. Go over it in your head, and tell yourself; “This is mine now, and I’m on it until my goal is met.”
Engage support for your plan – complying with your plan isn’t always easy. Tell a loved one about your goal and plan. Have them check in with you about your compliance. Need help remembering steps? Set calendar events on your handheld. Need help getting to follow-up appointments? Arrange for rides with friends or loved ones. Does your plan have an exercise or diet component? Engage a family member, loved one, or work colleague who may have similar goals and work your plans together.
Execute your plan – every step, every day. Celebrate progress.
Achieve your goal, or try again – if your goal is met, celebrate success! Let your provider and anyone who’s supported you know, and thank them for their help. If you have fully executed your plan, but haven’t achieved your goal, then re-engage with your provider and pick the next best option and try again.
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