Sim, Esther
April 2006
Singapore Nursing Journal;Apr-Jun2006, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p13
Academic Journal
Introduction Compliance with a medication regimen involves behavioural change on the part of patients and their perceptions. Outpatients who are much stable in psychiatric illness tend to have a better perception of the importance of taking medication. The aim of this study was to determine and identify the predictors of compliance in medication of outpatients in a psychiatry setting. Process or Methods 100 outpatients who have consented to the study were recruited within a year. These patients were administered two types of rating scales, the Drug Attitude Inventory-10 (DAI-10) and Rating Scale for side Effects (RSSE). Results or Discussion The overall result revealed that 91% of the subjects were compliant to medication based on the DAI-10 questionnaires. Sixty nine percent of the subjects did not have any side effects of the medication; 71% of the female subjects reported that they experienced side effects with medication; 82.6% of the subjects who had main caregivers reported that they had no side effects. There were no association between patient's compliance on medication with age, gender, marital status, ethic groups and household income. Cross tabulation analysis was performed on the DAI-10 questionnaires. 60% of the subjects who were taking more than five medications felt that the medications made them feel tired and sluggish and 50% felt weird, like a zombie on medications. 66.7% of the patients who had no formal education felt that they did not take medication of their free choice. 90% of the subjects who have not been hospitalised thought that the good things about medication outweighed the bad. Conclusion The results highlighted that compliance to medication was good among outpatients in a psychiatric setting. It strongly supported that outpatients who were capable of recognising their symptoms, seeking medical help and knowing the purpose of taking medication could improve the outcome of their illness.


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