The Coach-Athlete Relationship
Here at the New York Center for Innovative Medicine, we believe in the coach-athlete relationship, in which our medical staff acts as your personal health coaching staff, and you the patient are the athlete competing for Olympic gold. In order for any athlete to succeed, they must adhere to the coaches instruction and put in work and effort for optimal results. In no other realm does this hold more importance than your health. We at the center will provide you with a personalized and tailored plan of action, but this means a patient must comply and take responsibility for following the precise instructions that are necessary to restore your health. Therefore, patient compliance is an essential part of the healing journey.
A Compliant Patient = A Healthy Patient
Patient compliance refers to the willingness and ability of an individual to follow health-related advice, to take medication/supplementation as prescribed, to attend scheduled appointments, and to complete recommended lifestyle and diet adjustments. Poor patient compliance is the leading cause of nonresponse to medicines and therapies, with evidence showing patients who do adhere to all medical recommendations and the complete program of treatment have better health outcomes than those who do not comply. At the New York Center for Innovative Medicine, each program of treatment is very specific to the individual, and designed to maximize patient health outcome. The removal or non-compliance to follow all parts of the treatment will result in a loss of treatment effectiveness, and as we have already stated, the goal is Olympic gold.
“Simply, the coach’s [doctor’s] role is to create an environment and to provide the opportunity for the athlete [patient] to express their motivation in all that they do.”