Adherence Therapyfor People with Schizophrenia


  • chananan saengpak วิทยาลัยพยาบาลบรมมราชชนนี พิษณุโลก
  • Suthtamad Anutat
  • Wirawan Saisuwan
  • Piyathorn Rengrew


Adherence therapy, People with Schizophrenia


The goals of psychiatric nursing for people with schizophrenia are to promote patients to take care of
themselves, to live with their families and to stay happily in their communities. However, manypeople with
schizophrenia have active symptoms such as delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, trouble with
thinking and lack of motivation because they do not take their prescribed antipsychotic medication continuously.
As a result, they cannot manage their life skills and need family supports. The reasons for nonadherence are
poor insight, a negative attitude toward medication, medication side effects, and cognitive impairments.
From theliteratures, the Adherence Therapy is an effective brief psychologicalintervention for persons with
schizophrenia on adherence to medication. The process of therapy comprises of 1)exploring patient's beliefs
about treatment, 2) medication problem solving 3) reviewing past experiences of illness and treatment,
4) exploring awareness of benefits of treatment 5) testing patient's beliefs about medication and 6) helping the
patient determine life goals. This therapy is an important guideline for psychotic nurses to promote medication
adherence for schizophrenic patients effectively.


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saengpak, chananan, Anutat, S. ., Saisuwan, W. ., & Rengrew, P. . (2020). Adherence Therapyfor People with Schizophrenia. NU Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences, 14(2), 21–32. Retrieved from