Assesses adults 19–64 years of age who have schizophrenia and were dispensed and remained on an antipsychotic medication for at least 80% of their treatment period.
Why It Matters
Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling psychiatric disorder that requires ongoing treatment and monitoring. Symptoms include hallucinations, illogical thinking, memory impairment and incoherent speech.1 Medication nonadherence is common and a major concern in the treatment of schizophrenia. Using antipsychotic medications as prescribed reduces the risk of relapse or hospitalization.2
|ADHERENCE TO ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA|
- American Psychiatric Association. Schizophrenia Fact Sheet. http://www.dsm5.org/Documents/Schizophrenia%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.
- Busch, A.B., A.F. Lehman, H. Goldman, & R.G. Frank. 2009. “Changes over time and disparities in schizophrenia treatment quality.” Med Care 47(2), 199–207.