J Med Ethics 19:108-110 doi:10.1136/jme.19.2.108
  • Research Article

What is wrong with compliance?

  1. S Holm
  1. Institute of Biostatistics and Theory of Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark.


      Non-compliance is a label often used about patients who do not follow therapeutic advice. This paper analyses the notion of compliance, and tries to show that this notion is inextricably bound to a paternalistic conception of the doctor-patient relationship. It is proposed that we should perhaps not talk so much about the non-compliant patient, but instead shift the focus towards the non-compliant doctor.