Dermatology patients' and their doctors' representations about adherence

Csanád Szabó, Lajos Kemény, Márta Csabai

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The aim of our study was to identify representations about patient adherence among dermatologists (N=40) and their patients (N=153). A combined qualitative-quantitative methodology was applied. Dermatologists identified good doctor-patient relationship, information from the doctor, and background information as the most important determinants of adherence. In patients' rankings, information from the doctor and understandable communication received the highest scores. Multidimensional scaling arranged patients' results into four content groups which helped to reveal the structure of the representations. Our results may contribute to the evidence-based confirmation that transparency of views and expectations in doctor-patient communication is a basic determinant of successful adherence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)216-223
Number of pages8
JournalOpen Medicine (Poland)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Dermatology
  • Doctor-patient relations
  • Mixed methods design
  • Patient adherence
  • Representations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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