Volume : 2, Issue : 7, JUL 2016

PERCEIVED INSIGHT AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATION AMONG PERSONS WITH SCHIZOPHRENIA

G. Majhi, A.R Singh

Abstract

Background: Generally, among persons with schizophrenia, insight into the illness and attitudes towards medication, along with severity of illness, and social functioning, are known to be important in determining outcomes. Aim: The present study aims was to assess the level of insight of persons with schizophrenia and also their attitude towards adherence to antipsychotic medication. Methodology: Male in-patients with schizophrenia numbering 100 met the inclusion criteriawere selected for the study. Tools: Tools administered were socio-demographic datasheet, Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), Insight and treatment attitude questionnaire. (ITAQ), Drug Attitude Inventory (DAI) Result: Overall findings of this study suggest that, insight towards mental illness also poorly associated with adherence to treatment and drug compliance. Conclusion: Subjective acceptance of antipsychotic medications is higher for inpatients, but average number of subjects have shown negative attitude towards antipsychotic medicine because confounding factors over shadowed the real problem they encountered.

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Attitude toward medication, Schizophrenia, perceived Insight and antipsychotic medication.

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