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To the Editor:

Re "When the Patient Is 'Noncompliant'" (Nov. 15): I would like for my doctor, when prescribing medication, to go a step further and explain why it has been chosen for me, what the side effects are, and whether I have any other choices. There is that frightening statement on the handout that is provided with the prescription that reads, "your doctor has decided that the benefits outweigh the risks." Where am I in this decision?

Before a patient is considered noncompliant or nonadherent, consideration should be given not only to what else the patient must do to comply, but also to the doctor's own behavior. I often find that if not provided with this information, I am hesitant to take medication. Eleanor Cawley

Huntington Station, N.Y.

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This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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