The OPTIMA tool allows for a systematic discussion about the option of LAIs with patients. It helps to make LAIs a choice, rather than a punishment.

It is based on evidence that:

  • Relapses worsen the long term patient trajectory

  • The best way to avoid relapse is continuous antipsychotic treatment

 

Author: Dr Howard Margolese

OPTIMA Tool: offering Patients therapeutic information on medication alternatives

This initiative has been sponsored in part by Janssen Inc. through an educational grant.