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2021, 7(4): 390-397 Back to browse issues page
The Effect of Short Message Service on Medication Adherence in Patients with Schizophrenia
Shahrzad Mazhari, Abdolreza Sabahi, Sahar Ghiasi , Roya Nikbakht
Resident in Psychiatry, Psychiatry Dept., Faculty of Medicine Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran
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Introduction: Schizophrenia is a chronic and disabling mental disorder and medication non-adherence remains a significant challenge for the patients and psychiatrists. The present study aimed to assess the impact of short-message service (SMS) on medication adherence in schizophrenic patients as compared with the control group.
Methods: A total of 63 patients with schizophrenia were assigned to the intervention group (N= 32) and the control group (N= 31). The patients in the intervention group received a daily SMS that read, ‘‘Please remember to take your medication” at 8:00am and 8:00pm. Medication adherence was assessed by the self-report Medication Adherence Rating Scale (MARS) at baseline and in the 3rd month, and the 6th month.
Results: Patients receiving SMS had a significantly greater improvement in medication adherence compared with the control group in the 3rd month, but there was no significant difference in the 6th month.
Conclusion: The results of the present study showed that text message reminder for medication intake is an effective and feasible strategy for enhancing medication adherence in patients with schizophrenia.
Keywords: Short Message Service (SMS), Schizophrenia, Medication Adherence, E-Health, Cell Phone
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Type of Study: Original Article | Subject: Telemedicine
Received: 2020/01/27 | Accepted: 2020/03/2
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Mazhari S, Sabahi A, Ghiasi S, Nikbakht R. The Effect of Short Message Service on Medication Adherence in Patients with Schizophrenia. Journal of Health and Biomedical Informatics. 2021; 7 (4) :390-397
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