Is there a need for an
objective measure of

Knowing how often your patients are taking their medication may change how you treat them.
Without an objective measure of medication ingestion, healthcare providers are often left to rely on subjective reports to assess adherence, an important factor in determining whether or not a patient is responding to medication.1,2

Did you know?

54% of Physicians Over-or-Underestimatd Adherence

In a study of patients taking oral antipsychotics, 54% of physicians (N=153) over- or underestimated adherence3

Nonadherence Estimated To Be Up To 50% In Patients With Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, and/or Schizophrenia

Nonadherence was estimated to be up to 50% in patients with bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and/or schizophrenia3-5

Study design

Based on survey responses from 153 physicians and retrospective claims data for 214 of their commercial patients with schizophrenia and/or bipolar disorder who were regularly seen for at least 1 year and were treated with an oral antipsychotic between May 2008 and April 2009 (1 to 2 patients per physician). The survey assessed physician perceptions of the level of medication adherence for a maximum of 2 specific patients in their practice and the physician’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors regarding medication adherence in general.3

How Technology Supports Patients

How tech supports patients

Technology may help patients take a more active role in their treatment

Some patients with mental health disorders may feel more comfortable sharing information about their mental health using a mobile app. In fact, they may already be using their smartphones to monitor their behavior and activity.6-8

In a survey of 82 patients with mental health disorders,8

89% Of Patients With Mental Health Disorders Owned Smartphones and Used Them Daily


owned smartphones and used them daily

84%Of Patients With Mental Health Disorders Said They Might Use An App To Monitor Their Mental Health


said they might use an app to monitor their mental health

Study design

The 2016-2017 survey was conducted with 82 patients at the START (Stress, Trauma, Anxiety, Rehabilitation, Treatment) Clinic for Mood and Anxiety Disorders. The survey measured mobile phone ownership, use, and willingness to install a mental health monitoring app and provide relevant data through the app.8

81 participants in a survey found value in using smartphones to record various factors related to their mental health to help9:

Get insights into patterns
of behavior

Keep track of progress

See if behavior
is changing

Self-report and
quantify moods

Study design

Responses from 81 patients were analyzed in the 2017 online survey. Patients were recruited on social networks and the survey explored the user's usage patterns, frequently used features, and engagement with technology.9

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