Results that matter,
When they matter
WHY MYCARE PSYCHIATRY?
MyCare quickly provides objective information, and when used in combination with other clinical information, may help you make better-informed treatment decisions and enhance shared decision making between you and your patient.
MyCare provides greater clarity on the causes of threatment failure (i.e. adherence, drug resistance, drug-drug interactions and drug metabolism) and may help distinguish medication non response from lack of adherence. This information may help you establish the right medication at the right dose more quickly than you would based solely on patient self-report.
Where it works today:
MYCARE UNLOCKS POTENTIAL
WHO SHOULD TAKE THE TEST
While caregivers want monthly testing, it is also beneficial in treatment of patients:
- With questionable adherence
- With medications that aren’t working
- Unwelcome side effects from current medications
- On multiple medications
- With medications which require blood levels
- Who require switching medication
WHERE IT WORKS
The literature is full of publications on the problem of adherence with patients taking oral antipsychotics. It is equally full of publications acknowledging that lack of insight into patient treatment failures is a problem. It is also clear that blood level testing can be an aid in the treatment of patients on antipsychotics.
TALK TO YOUR PATIENT
Your patients will likely have questions about MyCare Psychiatry test. Below are possible responses to commonly asked questions:
“How often do I have to take the test?”
MyCare is generally not needed at every appointment, and we can decide together how often to perform the test. MyCare tends to be most useful when we think it may be appropriate to adjust your medication. For example, when symptoms or side effects begin to show.
“What will you do with the results?”
Similar to measuring your cholesterol or blood sugar, we can use MyCare to help you meet your treatment goals and guide decisions about your medication. Just like all of your other medical information, MyCare results are private and protected.
“Who will explain the results to me?”
Your intake nurse may take your blood sample and your treating health care provider will explain the results to you.
“Is this a test to see if I’m taking street drugs?”
MyCare can only measures the amount of antipsychotic medication in your body. MyCare isn’t able to measure any other drugs, including street drugs.
“Will it hurt?”
The test requires a simple blood draw. It may feel like a quick pinch at first, but there is usually very little pain afterwards.