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Improving the understanding of medication non-adherence among mental health professionals: Findings from a series of UK training workshops

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Mary Tacchi, Emeritus Professor Jan Scott


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Background: Medication non-adherence has far-reaching consequences. Before utilising specialized interventions to target this problem, there is a need to improve the detection, understanding and management of non-adherence in routine clinical practice. Aims and method: This study explored whether a 1-day workshop targeting attitudes, skills and knowledge about medication adherence could modify any aspect of clinical practice of mental health professionals. Results: Five workshops were held with 134 participants. Baseline general knowledge in all professional groups was poor and interventions used not ideal. Post-workshop knowledge improved significantly. At 3-month follow-up, participants reported identifying more new cases of non-adherence and use of more effective strategies. Lack of time and support were identified as persisting barriers to change. Conclusions: It is possible to raise awareness, teach a model and simple techniques to effect change in clinical practice. This brief training was well received, although ongoing support is required to increase interventions for as well as identification of individuals at risk of medication non-adherence.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Tacchi MJ, Downie E, Sreeneth S, Scott J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Mental Health

Year: 2012

Volume: 21

Issue: 6

Pages: 600-607

Print publication date: 01/12/2012

ISSN (print): 0963-8237

ISSN (electronic): 1360-0567

Publisher: Informa Healthcare


DOI: 10.3109/09638237.2011.648346


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