Nonadherence to antipsychotic treatment in patients with schizophrenic disorders

Jaromir Švestka, I. Bitter

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Abstract

Adherence to treatment is a general indicator of quality and success of communication between the physician and the patient. It means the extent to which patient behaviour, in terms of taking medications, following diets, or executing life-style changes, coincides with medical or health advice. Nonadherence to antipsychotic therapy in patients with schizophrenia is far more widespread than clinicians assume. Lower nonadherence in therapy based on antipsychotics of the second generation compared with conventional medications has already been indicated by early reports. The consequences of non-adherence include exacerbation of symptoms, an increased relapse rate, psychiatric hospitalization hospitalisation, and less favourable patient prognosis. There are several factors that cause treatment nonadherence in schizophrenia: causes derived from the schizophrenic disorder itself, patient characteristics, causes associeted associated with the health-care system, and the antipsychotic treatment itself.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-116
Number of pages22
JournalNeuroendocrinology Letters
Volume28
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007

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Keywords

  • Antipsychotics
  • Schizophrenic disorder
  • Treatment adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Nonadherence to antipsychotic treatment in patients with schizophrenic disorders. / Švestka, Jaromir; Bitter, I.

In: Neuroendocrinology Letters, Vol. 28, No. SUPPL. 1, 02.2007, p. 95-116.

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