Adherence

Shared Decision Making Tool for Antidepressant Choices

The choice of antidepressant in primary care can directly affect outcomes and quality of care for patients with depression. Faculty at the Mayo Clinic developed the Depression Medication Choice (DMC) encounter decision aid, designed to help patients and clinicians consider the available antidepressants and the extent to which they improved depression and other issues important […]

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Essential Components of First-Episode Psychosis Services

A study published in May 1st, 2013 Psychiatric Services identified essential evidence-based components of first-episode psychosis services. The research took place in two stages. First a systematic literature review, then, a consensus-building technique, the Delphi, was used with an international panel of experts. The panelists were presented the evidence-based components identified in the review, together […]

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The Nature of Relapse in Schizophrenia

Discontinuation of treatment in schizophrenia results in very high relapse rates, even after a single psychotic episode. A new review in BMC Psychiatry asserts that multiple relapses characterze the course of illness in most patients with schizophrenia, yet the nature of these episodes has not been extensively researched and clinicians may not always be aware […]

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Text messaging to enhancing adherence in schizophrenia

A study in Psychiatric Research demonstrated that an SMS-based intervention seems feasible and acceptable for enhancing medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia. [More…]

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By R Kennedy | Adherence . News . Schizophrenia
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In-Person and Electronic Interventions for Improving Adherence in Schizophrenia

Research published in October Schizophrenia Bulletin by Velligan and colleagues, evaluated adherence to oral medications in 142 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia living in the community. Three methods of assessment were used: 1) an in-person, weekly home visit; 2) an electronic medication monitor and 3) treatment as usual (TAU). All patients received the Med-eMonitor to monitor […]

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By R Kennedy | Adherence . Schizophrenia . Treatment
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Another Advance in Digital Medicine

This week the FDA approved the first “smart pill” that senses when it’s been taken, sends data to wearable patch. Manufactured by Proteus Digital Health, the ingestible sensor which is about 1 square millimeter and made out of silicon and ingredients found in food, can be embedded in a pill and swallowed. Fluids in the […]

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Non-adherence to Antipsychotics and Cardiometabolic Medication Result in Health Care Utilization and Costs

A new study in Psychiatric Services examined the association between adherence to antipsychotic and cardiometabolic medication and the use of health care services and expenditures. A total of 87,015 unique patients with schizophrenia who received at least one antipsychotic medication were reviewed via Medicaid files from 2004 to 2008. An annual cross-sections of patients with […]

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Cell Phone Photos Can Improve Adherence

Journal of Addiction study showed that using a cell phone to take a photo and then send photos of each dose of medication right before taking it may improve treatment adherence in patients with methamphetamine addiction. This simple, cost-effective method also may be applicable in other patient populations in which adherence is an issue.[More…]

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By R Kennedy | Adherence . News . Smartphones . Technology
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