Consensus statements on adherence issues in schizophrenia for Hong Kong.

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Consensus statements on adherence issues in schizophrenia for Hong Kong.

Asian J Psychiatr. 2014 Dec;12:163-9

Authors: Mak KY, Lo WT, Yeung WS, Wong M, Chung WS, Chui E, Tam KL, Hui LK, Mui J, Chan OW, Wong KL

Abstract
AIM: In view of the clinical importance of the adherence issues in schizophrenia management, a consensus group of experienced local psychiatrists and nurse specialists gathered to outline a number of consensus statements for clinicians to consider enhancing adherence in their patients.
PROCESS: Prior to the consensus group meeting, three core members drafted eight statements on the issue of adherence in schizophrenia. Using a modified Delphi method, published literature and published guidelines regarding the management of schizophrenia were reviewed by the full panel during the group meeting. After discussion and reflection from each individual member of the consensus group, the eight statements were reworded and electronically voted on anonymously in two steps: acceptance on quality of evidence and practicability in implementation.
RESULTS: After modifications of the original statements, there was very high overall level of agreement and acceptance (reaching international standard) on all the five areas of adherence within the eight statements of the finalised statement.
CONCLUSIONS: The present consensus statements are the first in Hong Kong to address systematically adherence issues in schizophrenia management. They include areas on adherence assessment and definition, treatment strategies in enhancing adherence, and treatment considerations at specific phases of schizophrenia. They are tailored to be of practical utility in the local Hong Kong setting.

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