Compliance – The ultimate aim of treatment protocols

“Patients’ compliance to treatment is an important indicator for evaluating the successful management in chronic illnesses”

As a Naturopath, my ultimate aim of any prescribed treatment protocol is to achieve the desired outcomes for my clients. These desired outcomes are part of the objectives in the management of the diseases or health conditions. However, despite all my best intention and efforts, those outcomes might not be achievable if the clients are non-compliant. This shortfall severely compromises client outcomes and negative impacts.

Chronic illness

Chronic illness is a condition that requires compliance to treatment for the illness to be under control. When a chronic illness is inadequately managed, the condition may worsen.

Chronic illnesses account for 60% of all deaths worldwide. In developed countries, approximately 50% of the patients with chronic illnesses follow treatment. The poor compliance has a negative impact on the management of any chronic condition resulting in ineffective outcomes (Brown & Bussell, 2011; Rafii, Fatemi, Danielson, Johansson, & Modanloo, 2014).


To reduce the number of non-complaint’s clients and to prevent the negative consequences of an illness I urge my clients not to underestimate the treatment protocol being presented or planned accordingly to their needs. Following the necessary treatment will only enhance your quality of life and concurrently reduce the costs of medical treatment.

The primary role of a Naturopath

  • The Naturopath provides means and tools that help the client to take up the responsibility to look after their own health.
  • The Naturopath forms a partnership with the client, designing a treatment pathway according to the client needs that leads the client to achieve a better quality life and the prevention of certain diseases.
  • The Naturopath design or propose the treatment pathway and use natural medicine such as herbals extracts, nutrients supplements, lifestyle and diet to support the client’s condition.
  • The ultimate aim is to increase the client’s knowledge and raise the client’s awareness of their responsibility and control of their own health aiming the best possible outcome for the client.
  • Brown, M. T., & Bussell, J. K. (2011). Medication Adherence: WHO Cares? Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 86(4), 304–314.

    Rafii, F., Fatemi, N. S., Danielson, E., Johansson, C. M., & Modanloo, M. (2014). Compliance to treatment in patients with chronic illness: A concept exploration. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 19(2), 159–167. Retrieved from

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