Training workshops were organised to teach junior psychiatrists ‘compliance therapy’. A questionnaire was administered to 19 trainees before and after participation in the workshop. Data from 54 non-participating psychiatrists from the same NHS trust were also obtained for comparison.
Those receiving training were similar to the comparison group except for having less confidence in dealing with non-compliant patients. After training, participants showed a broader awareness of the potential causes and costs of non-compliance and an increased confidence empathising with patients. Beliefs concerning management did not change significantly.
A brief training programme is capable of changing trainee psychiatrists' attitudes towards patient non-compliance in the desired direction.
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