alexa Abstract | Medication Adherence among Patients with Schizophrenia Treated with Antipsychotics at Adama Hospital, East Shoa Zone, Oromia Regional State
ISSN: 2167-1052

Advances in Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Open Access

OMICS International organises 3000+ Global Conferenceseries Events every year across USA, Europe & Asia with support from 1000 more scientific Societies and Publishes 700+ Open Access Journals which contains over 50000 eminent personalities, reputed scientists as editorial board members.

Open Access Journals gaining more Readers and Citations

700 Journals and 15,000,000 Readers Each Journal is getting 25,000+ Readers

This Readership is 10 times more when compared to other Subscription Journals (Source: Google Analytics)

Research Article Open Access


Background: Schizophrenia is a classic psychiatric diagnosis in which patients experience psychotic symptoms for longer than 6 months. Non adherence is a major problem in the treatment of schizophrenia which is significantly associated with treatment out come and is the major cause of relapse in the treatment of schizophrenia. High prevalence, costs associated with it and potentially severe consequences are those cases that made the study of this phenomenon a priority issue. The objective of this study was to evaluate adherence rates to schizophrenic patients.
Methods: Cross-sectional method was conducted over 2 month period (March 10th to May 15th) in Adama hospital and patients self-reporting using an interview (focusing on how often regular medication doses were missed altogether, and whether they missed taking their doses on time) was used to evaluate adherence rates to schizophrenic medications. Data collected was analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20 software, which is used to associate different variables with an adherence.
Result: In the study 141 patients were included and on the basis of patients self-report, 56% of patients reported that they had never missed a medication dose, 14.18% sometimes missed their daily doses, 11.35% only missed taking their dose at the specific scheduled time and 18.49% missed both taking their dose at the specific scheduled time and sometimes missed their daily doses. The most common reason for missing medication doses were forgetfulness (43.5%), being busy (17.7%), lack of sufficient information about medication (14.5%) and pill burden (8%). duration of maintenance therapy, social drug Use and medication side effects each had a statistically significant association with medication adherence (p < 0.05).
Conclusion: It was well observed that medication adherence in this study was low as compared to previous reports. Forgetfulness was the most common reason for missing medication dose. Adherence must therefore be considered when planning treatment strategies with schizophrenic medications, particularly in countries such as Ethiopia.

To read the full article Peer-reviewed Article PDF image | Peer-reviewed Full Article image

Author(s): Mamo ES, Gelaw BK and Tegegne GT


Non adherence, Antipsychotic, Schizophrenia, Adama, Drug Safety Databases, Drug Safety Information Maintenance, Drug Safety Regulations

Share This Page

Additional Info

Loading Please wait..
Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version