Practitioners know the importance of adherence to lithium medication for patients with bipolar disorder. So do most patients. However, not every patient is equally faithful to taking medication. This can cause patients to become unbalanced. With all its consequences. For themselves and their environment.
Ingrid Knipping is a specialized mental health nurse and knows what it means when patients do not use their medication faithfully. During her graduation project, Ingrid noticed that measuring the lithium level regularly on the spot and directly discussing the results promotes therapy compliance.
Measuring outpatient With the Medimate from Fisic it is possible to measure the lithium level, the creatinine level and the kidney function from a drop of blood during a consultation or even on location (outpatient care).
However, that single drop not only provides insight to the practitioner, but also to the patient. Because by directly discussing the measurement results with a patient, awareness grows about lithium medication and the importance of adherence to therapy.
As a result, patients who are not so faithful to the intake of their medication adjust their behaviour. They are more aware of their medication and immediately experience the benefits.
Bipolar and lithium Incidentally, those conversations about the measured values also help to make family members more aware of therapy compliance and the significance of the lithium and creatinine values. As a result, they too are better able to support patients in sticking to their medication routine.
User Experiences Knowledge about medication also helps patients to better recognize changes in their condition. But the immediate environment can also use this knowledge to better estimate how the patient feels and behaves.
Patients are therefore more likely to sound the alarm if they notice that they feel or behave differently. File research shows that this causes a patient to become less out of balance and that it even prevents hospital admissions. And also, that the quality of life increases.
And the latter is exactly what Medimate was developed for and what Fisic stands for.