Attitude towards antipsychotics among out-patients with schizophrenia in Nigeria
Abstract: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.