Psychiatrists Believe Over Half of Patients With Schizophrenia Fail to Properly Take Medication

Researchers presented results of an adherence study to fellow scientists at an International Early Psychosis Association conference, held November 29, 2010 in Amsterdam, Holland. According to the presenters, over 4,000 psychiatrists in 36 countries responded to a research survey conducted by Janssen EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), a division of Janssen Pharmaceutica. When queried about the patients with schizophrenia that they had seen in the past month, the psychiatrists estimated that 53 percent of the patients were either non-adherent or only partially adherent to their prescribed medication regimens.

When asked for their thoughts on why patients failed to take medication, the primary reason given by psychiatrists was a lack of patient insight into their conditions. They also noted that patients often stop taking medication once they begin to feel better. Finally, lifestyle issues such as difficult living circumstances and irregular routines were blamed for some cases of poor adherence.

Medication is an important part of treatment for most individuals with schizophrenia. Non-adherence and poor adherence can lead to increased hospitalization, legal problems, homelessness, family problems and violence. A strong support system consisting of family and mental health professionals can help the patient with schizophrenia maintain a healthy medication regimen, feel better and have an improved quality of life.

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