Factors associated with antipsychotic medication adherence in community based patients with schizophrenia in Hong Kong: a cross sectional study

Bressington, D., Mui, J. and Gray, R. (2011) Factors associated with antipsychotic medication adherence in community based patients with schizophrenia in Hong Kong: a cross sectional study. In: Institute of Mental Health 2011 Conference: From Science to Practice - Striving for Excellence in Mental Health Care, 2-3 September 2011, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.

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Abstract

Background
Antipsychotic medication is essential in the treatment of schizophrenia; non-adherence is associated with an increased risk of relapse, lower social functioning and rehospitalization. The purpose of this study was to examine the factors affecting adherence with antipsychotic medication in a community based sample of patients with schizophrenia in Hong Kong.

Method
This is a cross-sectional observational survey of community patients with a diagnosis of schizophrenia being treated by a Community Psychiatric Nursing Service in Hong Kong. Symptoms, drug attitudes, insight, side effects and socio-demographic characteristics were measured and explored in terms of their relationship with medication adherence.

Results
584 patients participated in the study; 30% of these patients were non-adherent with their antipsychotic medication. Positive treatment attitudes, awareness of the need for treatment, being prescribed clozapine, being on benefits, lower levels of symptoms and fewer side effects were associated with adherence.

Discussion
Clinical efforts to improve adherence should aim to help patients amplify the personal relevance of treatment and modify patients’ attitudes towards medication.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Health and Social Care > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Depositing User: Users 53 not found.
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2011 08:19
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 14:09
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/10180

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