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Volume 6, suplement 2

Case report

How to deal with the patient who refuses treatment?

KATARZYNA PROT-HERCZYŃSKA1
1. Zespołu Leczenia Domowego IV Kliniki Psychiatrycznej IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1997, 6, suplement 2 (5), 115-119
Keywords: community care, compliance, collaboration, schizophrenia

Abstract

On the example of history of two patients submitted to community care the process of involving the patient in therapy is analyzed. It is shown how through maintaining contacts with the patient and helping him/her to meet his/her daily needs it is possible to keep the patient in the community, and with time, after many years, to change his/her attitude towards treatment. The author suggests that instead of trying to obtain patient compliance with the doctor's orders, therapists should focus on the patient's needs and actual collaboration with him or her.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Katarzyna Prot-Herczyńska,
Zespól Leczenia Domowego IV Kliniki Psychiatrycznej IPiN,
ul. Kondratowicza 8,
03-242 Warszawa