Schizophrenic Medication Education

Schizophrenia constitutes a group of psychotic disorders which involve severely impaired thinking, emotions and behaviors. Typically, schizophrenic patients are unable to filter stimuli to their senses such as sounds, colors and other environmental stimuli. If left untreated, most schizophrenics will gradually withdraw from other people, interactions and eventually lose their ability to take care of the simplest of daily personal tasks.

An excellent description of schizophrenia, including causes, symptoms, treatments and realistic expectations are available at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

Regularly I talk about effective patient medication counseling and overcoming the barriers to effective counseling. This category of medications and patients poses some of the steepest barriers to effective counseling of all the medications. We get a short time with the patient in the pharmacy, and there is a significant amount of important information to cover in this category of medications.

It is great when we have a family member or caregiver to listen in and show understanding of the pharmaceutical therapy; however, quite often the patient is on their own.  This presents with an ideal situation for audible Consumer Medication Information.  Patients who are challenged with literacy or visual impairment may "listen" to a 4-6 minute audio file describing all of the important information about their particular mediaiton.
Health Literacy describes, amongst other things, the importance of understanding why you are taking a medication and the consequences of not treating your diagnosis.  When patients understand their therapy they are much more likely to be an active participant in their own treatment. 
AudibleRx will help individuals understand what they do and don't know about their medication and leave them in a much better position to take educated questions back to their own health care provider.

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