Expanding patient access to quality medication-related information: the potential of medication hotlines to improve patient adherence in schizophrenia.

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Expanding patient access to quality medication-related information: the potential of medication hotlines to improve patient adherence in schizophrenia.

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2015 Apr 10;

Authors: Pettit AR, Marcus SC

Abstract
Medication nonadherence is a widespread problem that compromises treatment outcomes, particularly in schizophrenia. Weersink et al. (Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol, 2015) describe telephone calls to a national medicines information line, with a focus on queries related to antipsychotic medications. Their analysis of callers' questions and concerns offers a valuable window into patient and caregiver perspectives. Given that many callers reported that they had not shared these concerns with a health care provider, this study also highlights the capacity of medication hotlines to address unmet needs. Establishing and maintaining long-term treatment regimens is a complex task, and truly patient-centered care requires a variety of creative and accessible support resources. Medication lines have the potential to serve as a resource and to provide proactive and timely adherence support.

PMID: 25859753 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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