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  • Writer's pictureNicole Cozean

Part 5 - You're Not the Arbiter of your Patient's "Compliance"

Have you ever explained away a patient not getting better because they were 'non-compliant' with their home program?

Part 5 - You're Not the Arbiter of your Patient's "Compliance"

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We've all been there - it's tempting, but I want us to get the negative, judgmental term of 'non-compliant' completely out of our vocabulary.

If your patient isn't doing what you're asking, it's on US to take responsibility and get them better. They may not understand the importance of what you're asking. They may not understand how to do what you're asking. They may feel overwhelmed, or simply not have enough time. Or they may be relying on YOU and your sessions to get better.

I'm not saying we shouldn't impress upon our patients the importance of their home program, but we can't just dismiss them if they aren't doing exactly what we ask. We need to work with them to understand why (there's the 'why' again!) and find a way to help them reach their goals, regardless of how 'compliant' they end up being.

As Nicole said on the full 'sode of the topic...

"If your patient isn't doing what you're asking, it's on us to take responsibility and get them better." - Nicole Cozean

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Nicole Cozean, PT, DPT, WCS

Founder of Pelvic PT Rising and PelvicSanity Physical Therapy in Southern California.

Dedicated to forever changing pelvic health with online clinical courses to help you be more confident in your practice and business resources to help start and grow pelvic health businesses.

Jesse Cozean, MBA

Co-founder of the Pelvic PT Rising and the Rising Podcast.

Jesse uses his business experience to help pelvic health business owners start and grow their practices so they can build a practice that truly works for them. From website design, SEO, conversions, marketing, finance and money mindset, he wants to make the process of owning your own practice easier and fun.

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