How do doctors, other healthcare workers deal with noncompliant patients?

One of the ongoing concerns of a dear friend who is contemplating switching to a medical career is the potential frustration of dealing with numerous non-compliant patients - patients who ignore sound medical advice, forget to take their medication etc. But she recognizes that if she goes into this field, this is... show more One of the ongoing concerns of a dear friend who is contemplating switching to a medical career is the potential frustration of dealing with numerous non-compliant patients - patients who ignore sound medical advice, forget to take their medication etc. But she recognizes that if she goes into this field, this is an ongoing issue that she needs to reconcile somehow.

I have no advice, but for any medical professionals out there, how do you manage to stay upbeat and come to terms with this issue? Do you (still) feel like your work makes a difference?
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