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Taking medicines: concordance is not compliance

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:787
  1. David Dickinson, lay member,
  2. Patricia Wilkie, lay member,
  3. Miriam Harris, secretary
  1. Concordance Coordinating Group, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, London SE1 7JN

    EDITOR—Consultations between patients and doctors most often involve two contrasting sets of health beliefs. Concordance recognises that the health beliefs of the patient, although different from those of the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist, are no less cogent or important when making decisions about the best approach to the treatment of the individual.

    In October 1998 the Concordance Coordinating Group, chaired by Marshall Marinker, was formed to take forward the programme of work outlined in a 1997 report. …

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