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Why we don’t like the term “treatment adherence”

Why we don’t like the term “treatment adherence”

June 15, 2019

At Folia, we don’t like the term “treatment adherence.” Yes, it’s a standard term across the healthcare ecosystem, and is definitely an improvement on the old “treatment compliance.” However, the concept of adherence still suggests a paternalistic line of thinking, that people who don’t follow prescribed treatment plans must be irresponsible, lazy, defiant, or indifferent.