Blog Category: Adherence

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 …

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…]…

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 …

Preventing Smoking Relapse via Web-Based Computer Feedback

A study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research demonstrated that Web-based computer-tailored programs combined with planning strategy assignments and feedback after the quit attempt can be effective in preventing relapse 12 months after baseline.[More…]…

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 …

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 …

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 …