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Activity Dates: 05/16/2019 - 04/08/2022

Target Audience

This course is designed for pharmacists, nurse practitioners or other health care professionals involved in the comprehensive medication management of psychiatric and/or neurological patients.

Session Summary

Medication adherence is a recognized concern with most chronic health conditions in developed countries, with adherence rates estimated at 50%. The variables most significantly associated with non-adherence include patient’s attitude toward medication and therapeutic alliance. One avenue to tackle this obstacle is the utilization of technology, in the form of applications (apps), psychoeducation of the patient or family, electronic monitoring or telephone/texting interventions. A potential breakthrough area, medical condition management apps which includes medication-related apps, are now the fifth largest category of mobile health apps which have the potential to reach the more than 2 billion smartphone users. Medication reminder apps utilize a range of behavior change techniques to help promote adherence. Recent studies, however, reflect that most apps have not incorporated the advances in the field of health behavior change, nor have the apps been developed in collaboration with health care professionals. With over 400 apps available, the lack of strong evidence in specific patient populations, it is essential that pharmacists are educated about which apps are the most effective and have the potential to be incorporated into the regular care of patients living with mental illness instead of potentially using apps that lack beneficial features or are of poor quality.

In addition to encouraging the use of technology to enhance adherence, it is suggested that a strong therapeutic alliance may improve adherence including shared decision making (SDM). SDM is considered an ethical approach to educating and involving the patient and family in the treatment process. Ensuring adequate health care professional education and resource development, including decision-aids should be considered to ensure that SDM is used in an ethical format that truly incorporates patients and their families into the decision-making process instead of trying to convince them to make a preferred decision.

Course Requirements

You will proceed through the following steps to satisfactorily complete this course:

  • Sign in (or create a FREE account).
  • Register for this course. (sign in first)
  • Complete the pre-test before starting the activity. (sign in first)
  • Review the full content of the activity and reflect upon its teachings.
  • Complete the post-test at the end of the activity no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Complete the evaluation at the end of the activity. (sign in first)
  • If necessary, complete the post-test retest no later than the closing activity date. (sign in first)
  • Receive a passing grade (70%).
  • Provide the necessary details in your profile to ensure correct reporting by CPNP to CPE Monitor. (sign in first)

Participants in this course must complete an examination and achieve a score of 70% or greater. Successful completion of the course also requires the completion of a course evaluation. Upon successful completion, ACPE credit is reported immediately to CPE Monitor although transcripts can be retrieved by participants online at

Faculty Information and Disclosures

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe technological tools that aid in reducing medication non-adherence.
  2. Apply shared decision making strategies required to build rapport, maintain a therapeutic alliance, and maximize treatment adherence. 
  3. Evaluate ethical concerns that might arise when implementing strategies that are aimed at reducing medication non-adherence.

Continuing Education Credit and Disclosures

Activity Dates: 05/16/2019 - 04/08/2022
ACPE Contact Hours: 1.0
ACPE Number: 0284-0000-19-006-H04-P (Application)
Nursing Credit Reminder: Note that ACPE credit is accepted for certification renewal.

ACPEThe College of Psychiatric and Neurologic Pharmacists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This course provides 1.0 contact hour of knowledge-based continuing education credit from CPNP approved programming.

Grant Support

Supported by an educational grant from Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. and Lundbeck