Document Details

Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Patient Perspectives of Physicians' Compliance Gaining Strategies
Author:   Margaret Malinda Lambert
College:   Liberal Arts
Degree Program:   Communication Studies, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Cynthia B. Torppa
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   May 2011

This research examined strategies used by physicians for compliance gaining and patient responses to those strategies. Respondents were surveyed regarding their expectations about strategies physicians would use to gain compliance with requests related to changing lifestyle behaviors and how the respondents anticipated they would respond to physicians. Findings revealed that patients did anticipate specific persuasive strategies from physicians and anticipated responding in specific ways. Most respondents expect expertise strategies from physicians and plan to comply. Expertise strategies, however, were also linked with patients who planned to defy or ignore their physicians' requests. Findings suggest that future research into why patients who intend to comply do not follow through and what strategies may be more effective on patients who do not anticipate compliance would be valuable. 

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