Psychological intervention in patients with poor compliance

R. Weinstein

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In this article, the authors examine the compliance of periodontal patients from a behavioral psychology perspective. The causes of non-compliance are analyzed along with the main methods of intervention. An experiment was carried out in which various behaviour modification techniques were compared. This study, in particular, examined the effect of periodontist's use of behaviour modification techniques on patient compliance in four treatment maintenance conditions. A functional analysis of compliance and non-compliance behaviour revealed various treatment opportunities. Hence, 4 treatment conditions (which included basic oral hygiene instructions, performance feedback, behavioural self-management, and positive reinforcement) were compared in 3 phases. Data collected over a period of 3 months indicated that behavioural self-management plus positive reinforcement increase patient compliance significantly. Implications for further research are discussed in terms of analyzing the cost of each component procedure for both the patient and the doctor in terms of time, money and effort required. Hence, the present study demonstrates that behavioural strategies can make a significant contribution to the area of patient management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-288
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Periodontology
Issue number3 PART II
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • Behaviour
  • Feedback
  • Maintenance
  • Patient compliance
  • Performance
  • Periodontology
  • Reinforcement
  • Self-management
  • Staff management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)


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