Medication adherence and significant others’ support of consumers with schizophrenia in Australia

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McCann, Terence and Lu, Sai (2009) Medication adherence and significant others’ support of consumers with schizophrenia in Australia. Nursing and Health Sciences, 11 (3). pp. 228-234. ISSN 1441-0745 (print) 1442-2018 (online)


Medication adherence is problematic in people with chronic illness. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine the effects of the perceived support from significant others on the oral antipsychotic medication taking of consumers with schizophrenia. A convenience sample of 81 consumers took part in the study. The consumers were recruited by case managers from the community in the western region of Melbourne and in regional and rural Victoria, Australia. No difference was found in self-reported medication adherence between the consumers with significant others' support and those without significant others' support. The perceived effect of having a supportive relationship with significant others was not associated with increased medication adherence. The findings indicated that the significant others' support did not influence the self-reported medication adherence of the consumers with schizophrenia. The results highlighted the importance of considering medication adherence as a multidimensional concept.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2009.00440.x
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Historical > FOR Classification > 1110 Nursing
Historical > SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Keywords ResPubID17040, consumers, medication adherence, schizophrenia, significant other support, survey
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