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Validation of a patient interview for assessing reasons for antipsychotic discontinuation and continuation

Authors Matza L, Phillips, Revicki, Ascher-Svanum H, Malley, Palsgrove, Faries, Stauffer, Kinon B, Awad AG, Keefe, Naber

Received 30 August 2011

Accepted for publication 3 October 2011

Published 13 July 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 521—532


Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Louis S Matza,1 Glenn A Phillips,2 Dennis A Revicki,1 Haya Ascher-Svanum,3 Karen G Malley,4 Andrew C Palsgrove,1 Douglas E Faries,3 Virginia Stauffer,3 Bruce J Kinon,3 A George Awad,5 Richard SE Keefe,6 Dieter Naber7

Outcomes Research, United BioSource Corporation, Bethesda, MD, 2Formerly with Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, 3Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN, 4Malley Research Programming, Inc, Rockville, MD, USA; 5Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada; 6Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC, USA; 7Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Introduction: The Reasons for Antipsychotic Discontinuation Interview (RAD-I) was developed to assess patients’ perceptions of reasons for discontinuing or continuing an antipsychotic. The current study examined reliability and validity of domain scores representing three factors contributing to these treatment decisions: treatment benefits, adverse events, and distal reasons other than direct effects of the medication.
Methods: Data were collected from patients with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and their treating clinicians. For approximately 25% of patients, a second rater completed the RAD-I for assessment of inter-rater reliability.
Results: All patients (n = 121; 81 discontinuation, 40 continuation) reported at least one reason for discontinuation or continuation (mean = 2.8 reasons for discontinuation; 3.4 for continuation). Inter-rater reliability was supported (kappas = 0.63–1.0). Validity of the discontinuation domain scores was supported by associations with symptom measures (the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale for Schizophrenia, the Clinical Global Impression – Schizophrenia Scale; r = 0.30 to 0.51; all P < 0.01), patients’ primary reasons for discontinuation, and adverse events. However, the continuation domain scores were not significantly associated with these other indicators.
Discussion: Results support the reliability, convergent validity, and known-groups validity of the RAD-I for assessing patients’ reasons for antipsychotic discontinuation. Further research is needed to examine validity of the RAD-I continuation section.

Keywords: discontinuation, antipsychotic, schizophrenia, treatment continuation, patient-reported outcomes, instrument development

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