In literature and casual interactions among healthcare practitioners, the term “noncompliance” is frequently used to describe patients. Despite the idea’s widespread use, medical and social science specialists concur that it lacks a clear definition and could have a negative impact on patient treatment (Chandra, Kumar, Reddy, & Reddy, 2014). Even though “noncompliance” refers to a patient’s adherence to or contempt of their medication or treatment regimens, it must be dismantled to raise the standard of care.
When medical practitioners criticize a patient for not complying with instructions, they undermine that patient’s motivation to adhere to their treatment regimens. The concept also applies to patients who refuse to use their prescribed treatments, including drugs (Miller, 2016). The concept impacts patient care. Medical personnel may assume, for example, that a patient who disobeys has consistently refused to follow the prescribed course of therapy.
The patient’s recovery after treatment might be enhanced if the assumption is accurate. Nurses should change their preconceptions about the phrase’s use as a result. They shouldn’t assume, for instance, that the patient is against the recommended course of action. Instead, they should examine the underlying factors, such as cultural or spiritual beliefs, that are contributing to the disobedience.
In general, nurses and other healthcare workers should change how they handle patient noncompliance. They shouldn’t assume that a patient is being uncooperative. Instead, they should collaborate with patients to understand the underlying causes of behavior and support the unwell in overcoming any challenges associated with their health.