Physicians' Characteristics Influence Patients' Adherence to Medical Treatment: Results From the Medical Outcomes Study

M. Robin DiMatteo, Cathy Donald Sherbourne, Ron D. Hays, Lynn Ordway, Richard L Kravitz, Elizabeth A. McGlynn, Sherrie Kaplan, William H. Rogers

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Abstract

The influence of physicians' attributes and practice style on patients' adherence to treatment was examined in a 2-year longitudinal study of 186 physicians and their diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease patients. A physician-level analysis was conducted, controlling for baseline patient adherence rates and for patient characteristics predictive of adherence in previous analyses. General adherence and adherence to medication, exercise, and diet recommendations were examined. Baseline adherence rates were associated with adherence rates 2 years later. Other predictors were physician job satisfaction (general adherence), number of patients seen per week (medication), scheduling a follow-up appointment (medication), tendency to answer patients' questions (exercise), number of tests ordered (diet), seriousness of illness (diet), physician specialty (medication, diet), and patient health distress (medication, exercise).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Psychology
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • chronic-disease patients
  • patient adherence
  • physician characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)

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    DiMatteo, M. R., Sherbourne, C. D., Hays, R. D., Ordway, L., Kravitz, R. L., McGlynn, E. A., Kaplan, S., & Rogers, W. H. (1993). Physicians' Characteristics Influence Patients' Adherence to Medical Treatment: Results From the Medical Outcomes Study. Health Psychology, 12(2), 93-102.