Patients may not comply with treatment because they:
- cannot get the treatment (e.g. out of stock or high cost)
- are not able to get to the therapist, doctor or pharmacy (e.g. mobility or transportation problems, no home delivery or home visit)
- cannot open the medication (e.g. arthritis, weakness or pain)
- do not understand how to take the medication (e.g. regimen is complicated)
- forget (e.g. dementia)
- are unwilling to comply with therapy for some reason (e.g. side effects or discomfort)
- have emotional issues (e.g. social anxiety or depression)
We can ask if they are
- able to do things:
- Are you able to (+ verb infinitive)…?
- Can you (+ verb infinitive)…?
- Can you manage to + verb infinitive OR Can you manage +verb-ing)…?
- Do you have access to…?
- willing to do things:
- Are you willing to + verb (= be ready to do or try something)
- Would you mind +verb-ing (= Would it be a problem for you to…?)
- Could you + verb…?
- still doing things:
- Are you still + verb-ing …? (NOTE: here, the –ing form is the present progressive tense. The –ing form of verbs has many different uses!)
- Are you still taking your medication?
- Are you still doing physiotherapy?
- How have you been managing (+ thing)…?
- How have you been managing with the medication?
- How have you been managing with meals?
- How’ve you been coping with (+ thing OR +verb-ing)
- How’ve you been coping with the medication?
- How’ve you been coping with meals?
READING EXERCISE K
Willing or Able?
Instructions: Does the sentence or question indicate the subject if able, unable, willing or unwilling to do the task?
be able to = can -> physically able to do something
willing -> want to do something
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