Strategies to improve medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia: the role of support services.

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Strategies to improve medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia: the role of support services.

Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2015;11:1077-90

Authors: El-Mallakh P, Findlay J

Abstract
The purpose of this review is to describe research over the past 10 years on the role of support services in promoting medication adherence in mental health consumers diagnosed with schizophrenia. A literature search was conducted using the terms "medication adherence," "schizophrenia," and "support services," using Medline, PubMed, and CINAHL. Reference lists from published studies were also reviewed to identify additional research studies. Twenty-two articles focused on support-service intervention studies, and these were selected for review. Available support-service interventions include adherence therapy, electronic reminders via text messages and telephones, cognitive-behavioral and motivational strategies, and financial incentives. Support-service intervention strategies need to be tailored to the specific needs of mental health consumers with schizophrenia. More research is needed to investigate effective support services to enhance long-term adherence and adherence to medications for medical illnesses in this population.

PMID: 25931823 [PubMed]

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