a) Patient comprehension and compliance; it endeavors to answer the questions: “how do patients understand and learn about their disease?” and “why and how do patients follow/fail to follow doctors’ orders?”

  • Patient reasoning, strategies in play
  • Structuring of patient knowledge between cognition and emotion
  • “Patient semiology” model: the case of “sentinel” patients
  • Patient treatment compliance and caregiver behavior

b) Changes in the status and role of patients for the purpose of empowering them and creating a therapeutic alliance with caregivers.

  • Expert patients, resource patients and patient educators
  • Analysis of patient exchanges on internet forums

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