The Noncompliant Patient in Search of Autonomy
Hastings Center Report. 1987 Aug; 17(4): 15-17.
From a medical perspective, patients who do not comply with the doctor's orders are usually seen as deviant, and deviance requires correction. But many chronically ill people view their behavior differently, as a matter of self-regulation. In this light noncompliance supports people's desires for independence and autonomy, desires that align closely with the therapeutic goals of caregivers.
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