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Attitude towards antipsychotics among out-patients with schizophrenia in Nigeria

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Adewuya AO, Ola BA, Mosaku SK, Fatoye FO, Eegunranti AB. Attitude towards antipsychotics among out-patients with schizophrenia in Nigeria.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2006: 1–5. © 2006 Blackwell Munksgaard. Objective: 

The study aim to assess the attitude of patients with schizophrenia attending out-patient clinics in Nigeria towards antipsychotic medication and examine the factors associated with such attitude. Method: 

Out-patients with schizophrenia (n = 312) completed the 10-item Drug Attitude Inventory. They were also evaluated for sociodemographic details, illness-related and drug-related variables. Results: 

Overall, the patients had a good attitude towards antipsychotic medication. The factors significantly associated with poor attitude towards medication include presence of symptoms, presence of side-effects like dyskinesia and sedation, lack of insight into the illness, and being employed. Conclusion: 

Special attention should be paid to patients with these factors while designing programmes to improve overall compliance in patients with schizophrenia.

Keywords: antipsychotic medication; attitude; schizophrenia; side-effects

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2005.00745.x

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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