Concept of Medicine

An editorial in this week’s British Medical Journal observes that non- compliance “continues to represent a serious therapeutic deficit at the core of medical practice.” The authors note that “it is the patients' agendas” not those of healthcare professionals that determine whether or not patients will take medicines. The U.K.-preferred term for compliance, “concordance,” is defined as “an agreement between a patient and a health care professional about whether, when and how medicines are to be taken.” Further, the BMJ has issued a call for submissions for a special issue on “people taking medicines,” to be published in Oct. 2003.