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Week 3: Concepts in Assessing Medication Adherence and Strategies to Mitigate Non-Adherence

Poor adherence to psychiatric treatments is a widespread clinical problem that negatively impacts rates of treatment response and remission. While empirically-supported treatments are available for many psychiatric disorders, these treatments are not universally effective. Patients commonly face difficulties in taking prescribed psychotropic medications or attending psychotherapy sessions as recommended, and therefore may not achieve optimal outcomes.

—Traeger, L., Brennan, M. M., & Herman, J. B. (2016, p. 20)

This week, you will explore how medication adherence can impact a patient’s success with treatment. You will examine the epidemiology of adherence, the impact of non-adherence from a clinical and economic viewpoint, risk factors for non-adherence, assessing adherence, and integrating adherence into a treatment plan. You will also complete a Quiz to test your understanding of this module’s content.

Traeger, L., Brennan, M. M., & Herman, J. B. (2016). Treatment adherence. In T. A. Stern, M. Favo, T. E. Wilens, & J. F. Rosenbaum. (Eds.), Massachusetts General Hospital psychopharmacology and neurotherapeutics (pp. 20–26). Elsevier.  

Learning Objective

Students will:

  • Identify concepts related to neuroanatomy, receptor theory, and medication adherence in psychopharmacology 

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

Traeger, L., Brennan, M. M., & Herman, J. B. (2016). Treatment adherence. In T. A. Stern, M. Favo, T. E. Wilens, & J. F. Rosenbaum. (Eds.), Massachusetts General Hospital psychopharmacology and neurotherapeutics (pp. 20–26). Elsevier.  

Fialko, L., Garety, P. A., Kuipers, E., Dunn, G., Bebbington, P. E., Fowler, D., & Freeman, D. (2008). A large-scale validation study of the medication adherence rating scale (MARS). Schizophrenia Research, 100(1–3), 53–59. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.schres.2007.10.029 LaMorte, W. W. (2019). The transtheoretical model (stages of change). Boston University School of Public Health. https://sphweb.bumc.bu.edu/otlt/MPH-Modules/SB/BehavioralChangeTheories/BehavioralChangeTheories6.html The transtheoretical model of health behavior change by Prochaska, J. O., & Velicer, W. F., in American Journal of Health Promotion, Vol. 12/ Issue 1.Copyright 1997 by Sage Publications, Inc.Reprinted by permission of Sage Publications, Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center. Required Media (click to expand/reduce) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Overcoming barriers to medication adherence for chronic diseases [Video]. https://www.cdc.gov/grand-rounds/pp/2017/20170221-medication-adherence.html

Quiz: Neurobiology and Medication Adherence Concepts

Submission Information

Submit Your Quiz by Day 7

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