Adherence therapy for schizophrenia: a randomised controlled trial
WT Chien1, EFC Cheung2, JHC Mui2, R Gray3, G Ip4
1 Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
2 Castle Peak Hospital, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
3 Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of East Anglia, United Kingdom
4 Kwai Chung Hospital, Hospital Authority, Hong Kong
1. Compared with routine care, adherence therapy is an effective alternative for people with schizophrenia with poor medication adherence and short duration of illness.
2. Adherence therapy can significantly improve patient adherence to antipsychotic medication, insight into illness/treatment, and re-hospitalisation rate, as well as psychotic symptoms and functioning over 12-month follow-up.
3. Adherence therapy can be cost-effective over the 12-month follow-up.