Thursday, October 02, 2008

Early Psychosis and Adherence to Treatment

A study of early psychosis published this July by Lecomte, T et al. calculated primary risk factors for non-adherence in both medication and psycho-therapies. Primary risk factors were: mistrust in authority (assessed as childhood trauma) and having a greater need for peer acceptance (agreeableness). These qualities can be assessed readily by clinicians, providing candidates sutiable for intervention. Researchers also found that patient perceptions of taking medication as prescribed were often inaccurate something that should also be assessed in the general population.