Psychoeducation on Adherence to Treatment of Schizophrenia Patient During Covid-19 Pandemic Era
Keywords:Schizophrenia, Covid-19, Adherence of Treatment, Psychoeducation, Telemedicine, Telepsychiatry
Background: The outbreak of Covid-19 is really disrupting people’s thought and their ability to face the
problem clearly and their mental health could be disturbed.They will go under their circumstance of fear,
start to panic, and leads to poor decision making. This fear and anxiety could affect and lead to any negative
behavioural changes of patients to the belief of being infected by avoiding going to the hospital as a source
of contagion place.
Methods: Case study from an inward patient, adult woman that suffered fromschizophrenia for more than
10 years and got injection of antipsychotic routinely once a month. During the early time of Covid-19
pandemic, the patient and her family are afraid of coming to the hospital to get her injection. After one month
of not getting the injection, she started to relapse again and hospitalized for 10 days.
Results: The difficulty faced in handling this case is to provide an understanding of the patient and family
about adherence on her continuity treatment. Therefore, by giving a psychoeducation using a telemedicine
is consideredto the most suitable way to handle this patientto gain more insight about her willingness back
to get the monthly treatment during the pandemic situation.
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