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Thesis Title: Doctor Patient Relationship, Illness Perceptions & Medication Adherence in Individuals with Chronic Condition

Author: Sitara Kanwal

Supervisor: Rafia Rafiq

Year: 2017

Degree: MS Health Psychology

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245


A cross sectional study investigated the relationship of doctor patient relationship and clinical predictors (duration of the illness, severity of the illness, and comorbidities) on mediation adherence in individuals living chronic conditions. It was hypothesized that doctor patient relationship and clinical factors leads illness perceptions and as a consequence of illness perceptions how mediation adherence will be affected. The sample was consisted of 144 individuals living with chronic conditions. Personality was assessed as covariate. Big Five Inventory BFI-10 (Rammstedt & John, 2007) was used to assess personality. While for the assessment of illness perceptions and doctor patient relationship, Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (Broadbent, 2006). And Patient Doctor Depth of Relationship Scale (Ridd, Lewis, Peter & Salisbury, 2011) were used respectively. Morisky Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MMRS) (Morisky, 2008) was used to measure medication adherence of the individuals living with chronic conditions. Descriptive analysis was calculated. Correlational and multiple hierarchal regression analysis were used for further investigation. It was found that there is no significant correlation exists between doctor patient relationship, illness perceptions and medication adherence. It was concluded that socio-demographic and clinical factors had no significant relationship with medication adherence, but had relationship with illness perceptions.

Keywords: Doctor patient relationship, illness perceptions, medication adherence, chronic condition.


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