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Treating Schizophrenia: Side Effects and Adherence Video

Sanjai Rao, MD

Published: January 14, 2023

One of the central gaps that can affect treatment adherence for individuals with schizophrenia is side effects. Adverse events can lead to substantial impacts across all aspects of daily functioning and lower quality of life and satisfaction. Sanjai Rao, MD discusses the adverse events with the largest impact on treatment adherence.

Presented by the CME Institute of Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc. and supported by educational grants from Alkermes, Inc. and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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Schizophrenia affects 1% of the world’s population largely during a patient’s most productive years. Multiple treatments are available, however many gaps to recovery exist. Learn from experts diagnostic criteria for and defining recovery in schizophrenia.
Negative symptoms contribute to poor functional outcomes in schizophrenia. Evaluating different symptom domains and understanding the disorder’s reward circuitry can help with intervention and patients’ leading more fulfilling lives.
Side effects from medication have the greatest impact on adherence for patients with Schizophrenia. They lower quality of life, daily functioning, and satisfaction.
Balancing symptoms and side effects is difficult when treating patients with schizophrenia. New approaches to treatment and new therapies in the pipeline offer hope for this difficult-to-treat mental health disorder.

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