Youth, caregiver, and prescriber experiences of antipsychotic-related weight gain

Murphy, Andrea Lynn, Gardner, David Martin, Kisely, Steve, Cooke, Charmaine, Kutcher, Stanley Paul and Hughes, Jean (2013) Youth, caregiver, and prescriber experiences of antipsychotic-related weight gain. ISRN Obesity, 2013 390130.1-390130.9. doi:10.1155/2013/390130

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Author Murphy, Andrea Lynn
Gardner, David Martin
Kisely, Steve
Cooke, Charmaine
Kutcher, Stanley Paul
Hughes, Jean
Title Youth, caregiver, and prescriber experiences of antipsychotic-related weight gain
Journal name ISRN Obesity   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2090-9446
Publication date 2013-11-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1155/2013/390130
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2013
Start page 390130.1
End page 390130.9
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objectives: To explore the lived experience of youth, caregivers, and prescribers with antipsychotic medications.

Design: We conducted a qualitative interpretive phenomenology study. Youth aged 11 to 25 with recent experience taking antipsychotics, the caregivers of youth taking antipsychotics, and the prescribers of antipsychotics were recruited. Subjects. Eighteen youth, 10 caregivers (parents), and 11 prescribers participated.

Results: Eleven of 18 youth, six of ten parents, and all prescribers discussed antipsychotic-related weight gain. Participants were attuned to the numeric weight changes usually measured in pounds. Significant discussions occurred around weight changes in the context of body image, adherence and persistence, managing weight increases, and metabolic effects. These concepts were often inextricably linked but maintained the significance as separate issues. Participants discussed tradeoffs regarding the perceived benefits and risks of weight gain, often with uncertainty and inadequate information regarding the short- and long-term consequences.

Conclusion: Antipsychotic-related weight gain in youth influences body image and weight management strategies and impacts treatment courses with respect to adherence and persistence. In our study, the experience of monitoring for weight and metabolic changes was primarily reactive in nature. Participants expressed ambiguity regarding the short- and long-term consequences of weight and metabolic changes.
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Created: Mon, 03 Mar 2014, 12:49:12 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital