Treatment burden and treatment fatigue as barriers to health

Bryan W. Heckman*, Amanda R. Mathew, Matthew J. Carpenter

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

59 Scopus citations


Effective management of chronic diseases involves sustained changes in health behavior, which often requires substantial effort and patient burden. As treatment burden is associated with reduced adherence across several chronic conditions, its assessment and treatment are important clinical priorities. The balance between patient demands and capacity (e.g. coping resources) may be indexed by patients' subjective experience of treatment fatigue. We present a modified workload-capacity model that incorporates evidence that treatment fatigue may, firstly, be caused by increased workload due to treatment burden (e.g. intensity, complications) and secondly, undermine adherence. Emerging technology-based interventions may be well-suited to reduce treatment burden, prevent treatment fatigue, and increase treatment adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent opinion in psychology
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


Dive into the research topics of 'Treatment burden and treatment fatigue as barriers to health'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this