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Dealing with patient noncompliance

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Thomas H. Dahlborg writes about dealing with the “thorny challenge” of patient noncompliance.

Among his remarks:

“In too many cases, women and men who are considered ‘non-compliant’ by the traditional medical system were victims of abuse as children. For example, experiencing sexual abuse as a child can lead a person to have an insecure relationship with their body and thus with food. Those who have been bullied by coaches and others during youth sports may end up with severe distaste for exercise. But physicians rarely hear about these experiences, and do not understand these barriers in their patients’ way.”





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