J Korean Geriatr Psychiatry.  2015 Oct;19(2):47-54. 10.0000/jkgp.2015.19.2.47.

Follow-Up on Medication Adherence of Dementia Patients : After Diagnosed through the Nationwide Project for Early Detection of Dementia

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Inha University, Incheon, Korea. jnbae@inha.ac.kr

Abstract


OBJECTIVE
This study examined medication adherence rate and associated factors with medication adherence in patients who had been diagnosed as having dementia through the nationwide project for early detection of dementia in South Korea.
METHODS
This study enrolled a total of 131 patients, who were diagnosed as having dementia through utilization of the Korean version of the Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Packet at the Namgu Dementia Center in Incheon, from January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012. Telephone interview was done with principal caregivers of dementia patients at least 18 months after they had been diagnosed.
RESULTS
Out of 131 patients, 83 caregivers of patients completed telephone interview. 62 (72.9%) patients were currently being treated with antidementia drugs, and the proportion of patients being treated at the psychiatric clinic was 54.8%. Sociodemographic variables and clinical rating scales included in the study had no statistically significant effect on the medication adherence. The most common cause of nonadherence was a misconception of dementia diagnosis and treatment (28.6%).
CONCLUSION
The major cause of nonadherence was a misconception of dementia diagnosis and treatment, therefore, education on misconception may enhance a patient's medication adherence. Sociodemographic variables and clinical rating scales included in the study had no statistically significant effect on the medication adherence.

Keyword

Dementia; Early diagnosis; Medication adherence
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