What is the theory behind this Medication compliance in mental health worksheet?
Medication compliance means taking your prescribed medications as directed and refilling them when needed. This is important because it helps determine which medications should be continued and which should be replaced based on positive or negative outcomes. It also ensures achievement of the treatment goals.
A lot of factors determine the extent of one’s compliance to their medications. The simplest of reasons could even be forgetfulness while more complex reasons can be based on socioeconomic o factors and personal beliefs and values regarding medication intake.
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help clients who are forgetful about taking their medications on time. It uses a simple tracker to help them remember when to take which medicine that they can place somewhere easily visible on a daily basis. It also provides some useful tips that can further ensure compliance.
How to use the worksheet?
Read through the tips and try to apply them in your daily routine. Write down the details of the medicines as required. In the tracker write down the time that you are supposed to take your medicine and cross off the corresponding box after you have taken it.
Medication compliance in mental health worksheet
Use this tracker to remind you to take your medicines on time. Place it somewhere easily visible like the fridge, or your bathroom door. Write down the basic information about the medicines. Use the first column to write down the time of intake. Use a tick to mark that you have taken your medicine.
Tips to help with medication compliance:
- Set an alarm on your phone to take the medicines at the same time each day.
- Take your medicines before or after an activity that is already a par to your daily routine
- Keep all your medicines in the same place. Use pill boxes to separate your medicines according to time of the day to save yourself time and the hassle of going through every bottle/packet
- Keep yourself updated with your medication names, their dosages, their purpose, their side effects and other important information.
- Keep a notepad near you medicines/medicine cabinet and note down any questions related to it on it so you can discuss with your doctor on your next visit
Jimmy B & Jose J.(2011) Patient medication adherence: measures in daily practice. Oman Medical Journal, 26(3),155-9.
You can download this worksheet here.