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A Single-Bedtime-Dose Self-Medication System
Morton Cohen; Richard Gordon; Herbert Marlowe; Jeffrey Bedell; Lawrence R. Weathers
Psychiatric Services 1979; doi:
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Florida Mental Health Institute Tampa, Florida

Spokane, Washington

The American Psychiatric Association

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A medication system in use at the Florida Mental Health Institute is based on the unit-dose procedure and weekly reviews of patients' medications. The program is aimed at reducing the use of polypharmacy and of concentrates and stabilizing patients on a single daily bedtime dose of medication. Once patients are stabilized on a single dose, they are trained by the nurses and through a drug group to manage their medications independently after discharge. The system has produced savings of up to 90 per cent of medication costs per patient and is gaining acceptance in other mental health facilities in the state. The authors believe it has the potential for even greater therapeutic and financial benefits by reducing the recidivism that occurs when discharged patients discontinue their drugs.

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