Enhancing medication adherence in patients with bipolar disorder

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Berk, Lesley, Hallam, Karen, Colom, F, Vieta, Eduard, Hasty, Melissa, MacNeil, Craig and Berk, Michael (2010) Enhancing medication adherence in patients with bipolar disorder. Human Psychopharmacology: Clinical and Experimental, 25 (1). pp. 1-16. ISSN 0885-6222


Medication adherence contributes to the efficacy-effectiveness gap of treatment in patients with bipolar disorder. This paper aims to examine the challenges involved in improving medication adherence in bipolar disorder, and to extract some suggestions for future directions from the core psychosocial studies that have targeted adherence as a primary or secondary outcome. Enhancement of treatment adherence in bipolar patients is a necessary and promising management component as an adjunct to pharmacotherapy. The current literature on psychosocial interventions that target medication adherence in bipolar disorder points to the possibility of refining the concept of non-adherence and adapting psycho-education to the needs of certain subgroups of people with bipolar disorder. Large scale randomized controlled trials of briefer or more condensed interventions are needed that can inform clinical practice.

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Online ISSN: 1099-1077

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/7125
DOI 10.1002/hup.1081
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hup.108...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1115 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Keywords ResPubID21581. bipolar disorder, medical adherence, psychosocial intervention
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