Intellectual Limitations and Doctor’s Orders: Examining the Relationship between Intellectual Humility and Adherence to Medical Advice
Nonadherence to medical advice poses a threat to patients, providers, and the health care system. Intellectual humility reflects one’s ability to recognize their intellectual limitations through the components of independence of intellect
and ego, openness to revising one’s viewpoint, respect for other’s viewpoints, and lack of intellectual overconfidence. Possessing more intellectual humility may help improve the way people interact with medical information, thereby increasing their understanding of medical conditions and necessary treatment. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between intellectual humility and adherence by having participants (N = 196) complete the Comprehensive Intellectual Humility Scale and the General Medication Adherence Scale. We found that overall intellectual humility and components of independence of intellect and ego and lack of overconfidence were positively related to overall adherence and its components (behavior, burden, and cost). These findings have the potential to improve adherence and the understanding of intellectual humility in the medical context.
Nava, Briella A.; Weldon, Caitlin; and Huynh, Ho Phi, "Intellectual Limitations and Doctor’s Orders: Examining the Relationship between Intellectual Humility and Adherence to Medical Advice" (2023). Student Research Symposium 2023. 12.