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date: 12 November 2019

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New and intricate technologies are commonplace in medical care today, but the key to good health-care outcomes is how that care is delivered. Research evidence strongly supports the importance of effective communication in the process of delivering medical care, as well as patient-centered approaches to help individuals maintain healthy behaviors and adhere to recommended treatments. Both communication and patient engagement have strong and significant effects on health and quality of life. This chapter briefly reviews several theoretical approaches to health behavior; introduces a broad yet simple three-component model for improving adherence and health behavior change; and prefaces the chapters that comprise the present volume in the context of this three-part model, around which the volume is structured.

Keywords: communication, adherence, health behavior, Information-Motivation-Strategy (IMS) model

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