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Non-adherence to antipsychotic medication in first-episode psychosis patients

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Lauren M Hickling, Stefanie Kouvaras, Zaklin Nterian, Rocio Perez-Iglesias

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychiatry Research
Early online date3 Apr 2018
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Accepted/In press1 Apr 2018
E-pub ahead of print3 Apr 2018

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Abstract

This study evaluated the influence of attitudes and beliefs towards antipsychotics on adherence, and aimed to understand how satisfaction with information impacts adherence in first-episode psychosis. Fifty randomly selected out-patients attending the COAST Early Intervention service completed a survey comprised of the Selwood Compliance Scale, Beliefs about Medicines Questionnaire, and the Satisfaction with Information about Medicines Scale. Thirty-four percent of patients reported non-adherence to antipsychotic medication, and they were significantly younger than adherent patients. Adherent patients were more satisfied with medication information than non-adherent patients (65.7% and 34.3% respectively), suggesting that providing better information about antipsychotics may improve adherence.

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