Title

Adherence to Antidepressant Medications: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Medication Reminding in College Students

Publication Title

Journal of American College Health

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1080/07448481.2014.975716

Keywords

adherence, antidepressant, depression, reminder, telemedicine

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To determine if medication reminding via smartphone app increases adherence to antidepressant medications in college students.

PARTICIPANTS:

College students (N = 57) enrolled at a state-funded institution who had a current prescription for an antidepressant and regularly used a smartphone device.

METHODS:

Participants were randomized to either a reminder group or a control group. Both groups were asked to complete a survey and undergo a manual pill count at the beginning of the study and 30 days later.

RESULTS:

There was a strong trend suggesting that the use of a medication reminder app was beneficial for adherence to antidepressant medication regimens. Factors influencing medication adherence in college students included health beliefs, use of illicit drugs, and type of professional care received.

CONCLUSIONS:

Use of a medication reminder may increase adherence to antidepressant medications in college students.