Medication compliance refers to the extent to which the patient follows medical advice. In most cases, it leads to following the advice in taking medications and treatments while on the other hand it is also used in psychiatric treatments like having on-time therapy sessions and exercises.
Non-compliance behavior towards medications is very common among psychiatric patients like the ones who are suffering from Bipolar disorder or Schizophrenia.
It is one of the resistance towards the effective treatment of psychiatric Patients, which eventually increases the chances of retreatment and wasted expeditors on medications.
Below we will discuss the solutions which can help us to increase medication compliance in Psychiatric Patients.
Reasons behind Non-Compliance
Before coming to any conclusion about how to increase medication compliance in psychiatric Patients we must figure out the likely reasons behind their non-compliance behavior with the medications.
Poor interaction with the Physician
A poor Doctor-Patient relationship is the first cause of non-compliance behavior, most medical professionals don’t give enough time to their patients. This low interaction is the reason behind the low compliance of medications, As the physician failed to properly interact with the patient and give him confidence about the positive outcomes of the treatment so this may negatively impact the Patient’s mindset and he will not take the medications according to the prescription.
Side -Effects Concern
According to various researches on the patient behavior towards the medications, it is estimated that most of the patients did not take medications due to the fear of having negative side effects.
So possessing fears of side-effects develop the non-compliance attitude.
Another reason for not taking medications is the financial burden, most of the patients are not financially strong so they may face difficulty buying expensive medicines for themselves.
Some Patients are careless about taking medications, there are various reasons behind that careless behavior. Moreover, this proves to be very risky for patient health.
Those were some of the very few reasons which are behind the non-compliance behavior of Psychiatric Patients towards medications.
Steps To Increase Medication Compliance
We figured out some reasons behind the non-compliance behavior of the patients, now here are a few steps that can help to increase patient compliance with medications.
Understanding Patient behavior
Psychiatric experts need to understand the behavior of the patient before prescribing any kind of medication. Ask the patient about how often you take your medications? Are they helpful to you?
Create an environment in which patients confidently share everything with the service provider.
Moreover, there is a need to show empathy with the patients which will instantly boost their confidence to speak openly.
What Patients Think About Medications
Patient behavior towards taking medications may vary, some patients feel that there are some side effects for taking the medications, some feel it’s expensive.
Drug Attitude inventory assessment can help measure these notions. It is the assessment that records the complete attitude of the patient towards medications, it started with the initial phase when the medication started throughout the extent to which it ended.
Electronic Medical records systems are also very helpful to record the results of the Drug Attitude Inventory Assessment.
Create Awareness Among Patients
In most of the cases, the patient had no awareness about the sensitivity of the mental disorder. After having some signs of recovery most of the patients think that they don’t need to take medications anymore if they have no signs of any mental disorder.
While a long-term medication plan is necessary to treat mental disorders, here comes the role of Physicians. They can talk to the patients about the effectiveness of the long-term medications. They can also show the success records of the patients who successfully recovered from the disorder by following a long-term medication plan.
Use Shared Decision Making Care Model
Shared Decision Making Model (SDM) shows how the interaction between the patient and the physicians becomes stronger. In this model, Patients are allowed to give their opinion about the treatment process and medication.
Allowing the patient to switch from medicine if it is showing some side effects. The service provider allows the Patient to research and recommend the medications on their own, later the physician can tell him about the pros and cons of this medication.
This decision-making authority will further boost the confidence of the patient to take medications regularly.
Reduce The Financial Burden
As we learned before that some patients found the medication process very expensive so they avoid taking medicines. The service provider should ask the patient about his financial situation and prescribe him the treatment and medications which are best suitable for his pockets.
Engage Your Patient
For better treatment, it is best to engage your patient with the treatment process, Call or text them to ask about his/her situation, schedule a follow-up appointment. Make sure that they know the importance of the medications even if they are symptoms free.
Use Technology To Increase Compliance
With the advent of new technologies, it becomes easy for everyone to use applications that can help to take medications on time. Some mobile applications are useful in sending notifications to the patient.
An electronic pill dispenser is also effective and easy to use when it comes to organizing and reminding of taking medications.
These are some of the possible technological aspects which can help to create medication compliance.
With the non-compliance behavior, a patient may face several negative outcomes which may prove to be very fatal. We discussed various approaches like making awareness, reducing the financial burden, and use of the technological aspects.
These were some of the best possible approaches which can help to increase the medication compliance behavior in psychiatric patients. While this is a challenging phase for patients as well as health service providers, it’s best to find new ways to tackle this non-compliance attitude. So, Leave Your Billing worries and spend more time with your patients’ treatment and compliance by outsourcing the time-consuming tasks to Med-Miles LLC