Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects

Morrison, Paul, Meehan, Tom and Stomski, Norman Jay (2015) Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24 2: 104-111. doi:10.1111/inm.12118


Author Morrison, Paul
Meehan, Tom
Stomski, Norman Jay
Title Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1447-0349
1445-8330
Publication date 2015-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/inm.12118
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 104
End page 111
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2016
Abstract The present study explores Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers' use of antipsychotic medications and the side-effects resulting from these medications. Semistructured interviews were used to elicit material from nine case managers in a community care setting in South–East Queensland, Australia. Content analysis was used to examine the transcripts, and the audio-recordings were replayed to identify important contextual cues. The analysis identified several main themes, including perceptions of the use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects, the provision of information about antipsychotic medication side-effects; the assessment of antipsychotic medication side-effects; and the promotion of effective management of antipsychotic medication side-effects. The participants believed that antipsychotic medication provided clear benefits to mental health consumers. Most participants believed that consumers adapted to side-effects and came to accept them. The case managers themselves often felt poorly informed about antipsychotic medication side-effects, leading them to request more succinct types of information. It was notable to find that there was a lack of systematic approach to the assessment of side-effects. This finding highlighted the need to incorporate the routine structured assessment of antipsychotic medication side-effects in providing care to mental health consumers in the community.
Keyword Adverse effect
Antipsychotic medication
Case manager
Qualitative research
Side-effects
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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