Treatment non-adherence

What is treatment non-adherence?

Non-adherence to treatments is a widespread issue that hampers clinical management of many mental disorders. It reduces the success of the treatment regimen and the ability to achieve remission from illness, but it also increases the burden for relapse treatments, emergency admissions and hospitalisation. Greater adherence to treatment can contribute not only to more successful disorder management and better quality of life, but also to improved attitudes towards treatment and medication, as well as increasing insight and confidence.

What is the evidence for treatment non-adherence?

Moderate to low quality evidence suggests risk factors of medication non-adherence include poor insight, substance use, negative attitudes toward medication, medication side effects, and to a lesser extent, cognitive impairments.

April 2019

Last updated at: 4:34 am, 8th April 2019
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