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Examining the relationship between adherence and satisfaction with antidepressant treatment

Authors Aljumah K, Ahmad Hassali A, AlQhatani S

Received 30 April 2014

Accepted for publication 23 May 2014

Published 4 August 2014 Volume 2014:10 Pages 1433—1438

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/NDT.S67008

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Khalaf Aljumah,1 Azmi Ahmad Hassali,2 Saed AlQhatani1

1Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital, Department of Pharmacy, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 2Universiti Sains Malaysia, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Penang, Malaysia

Background: Adherence to antidepressant treatment is an essential step in the management of patients with major depressive disorder, and several factors can contribute to antidepressant nonadherence. Evidence supports the hypothesis that patient treatment satisfaction will result in improved adherence; therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between patient treatment satisfaction and adherence to antidepressants, and the role of patient beliefs toward medication in patient treatment satisfaction.
Methods: This was an observational, nonexperimental survey of all patients attending Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital (500 beds) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Medication adherence was assessed using the eight-item Morisky Medication Adherence Scale (MMAS-8), and treatment satisfaction was assessed using the Treatment Satisfaction Questionnaire for Medication (TSQM 1.4).
Results: A total of 403 patients met the inclusion criteria; 50.4% were females; participant age ranged from 18 to 60 years; and 16 % of the patients reported side effects after using antidepressants. Both males and females reported high treatment satisfaction rates: – 79.21% (standard deviation [SD] 8.52) and 86.55% (SD 14.34), respectively – with statistically significant associations found for female sex, older age, and three or more physician visits per year. Adherence to antidepressants was associated with treatment satisfaction with the antidepressants, with a direct positive correlation.
Conclusion: The results of this study showed high treatment satisfaction scores among patients in Saudi Arabia with major depressive disorder, which correlated with adherence and patient beliefs about the necessity of treatment. This finding has improved the understanding of the role of patient beliefs, which can help caregivers and other stakeholders to improve satisfaction with antidepressants.

Keywords: patient beliefs, morisky scale, treatment satisfaction questionnaire, antidepressant

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