Treatment Adherence in Rehabilitation: The Role of Treatment Accommodation

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Poor adherence to treatment in rehabilitation has historically been a costly and far-reaching problem. This article summarizes factors thought to affect adherence, including patient, treatment provider, environmental, and treatment characteristics. A model of adherence is proposed that emphasizes treatment characteristics. The concepts of treatment accommodation and research acceptability are introduced. Finally, steps are proposed to help clinicians design and implement treatment plans that facilitate treatment adherence in rehabilitation.

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