In Your Words  |   August 2016
Medical Noncompliance: The Most Ignored National Epidemic
Author Notes
  • From the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania (Dr Scarlett). Mr Young is an author and motivational speaker based in Los Angeles, California. 
  •  *Address correspondence to William L. Scarlett, DO, 3300 Tillman Dr, Suite 201, Bensalem, PA 19020-2071. E-mail: drscarlett@gmail.com
     
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In Your Words   |   August 2016
Medical Noncompliance: The Most Ignored National Epidemic
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2016, Vol. 116, 554-555. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.111
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, August 2016, Vol. 116, 554-555. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2016.111
A clogged artery can open up with a cardiac stent. A cancerous growth can shrink in response to chemotherapy or radiation therapy. A person with alcoholism can return to a constructive life after completing a 12-step recovery program. 
No matter the technology, the treatment, or the will of the person, complete and appropriate health care will be hindered if patients understate or omit information about their condition. Of course, no health care professional would purposely ignore presented symptoms, but if patients don’t realize they’re leaving out vital information for treatment, remedies can remain untapped and illness can propagate right under the physicians’ noses. In his book The Lost Art of Healing,1 the Nobel Peace Prize–winning cardiologist, Bernard Lown, MD, referred to a British study that… 
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