from the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone Mineral Research in Denver
Walking through the poster sessions, I couldn’t help noticing that no one seems to agree on the right word to use for when a patient takes his/her medicine faithfully as prescribed. I’ve known for a while that “compliance” had lost some favor because it has a somewhat negative connotation for the patient. Noncompliant makes an adult patient sound like an unruly toddler. “Adherence” popped up as an alternative. At ASBMR, I saw “persistence” used in several posters, which was a new one for me. Physicians aren’t alone either. Even the venerable Wall Street Journal doesn’t know which word to use. Both compliance and adherence showed up in a post on yesterday’s WSJ Health Blog.
So tell us, which word do you use?
—Kerri Wachter, @knwachter on Twitter