Compliance and concordance

Concordance is fundamentally different from either compliance or adherence in two important areas: it focuses on the consultation process rather than on a specific patient behaviour, and it has an underlying ethos of a shared approach to decision-making rather than paternalism.   Concordance refers to a consultation process between a health care professional and a patient. Compliance refers to a specific patient behaviour: did the patient take the medicine in accordance with the wishes of the health care professional?

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