Australian mental health staff response to antipsychotic medication side effects - the perceptions of consumers

Morrison, P., Meehan, T. and Stomski, N. J. (2016) Australian mental health staff response to antipsychotic medication side effects - the perceptions of consumers. Advances in Mental Health, 14 1: 4-13. doi:10.1080/18387357.2015.1080651


Author Morrison, P.
Meehan, T.
Stomski, N. J.
Title Australian mental health staff response to antipsychotic medication side effects - the perceptions of consumers
Journal name Advances in Mental Health
ISSN 1837-4905
1838-7357
Publication date 2016
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/18387357.2015.1080651
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 1
Start page 4
End page 13
Total pages 10
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Taylor & Francis Australasia
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Despite the impact of side effects on adherence to medication regimes, few previous studies have examined the personal concerns of those prescribed antipsychotic medications. This study explores consumer perceptions of the support they receive from mental health staff for antipsychotic medication side effects. Semi-structured interviews were used to elicit the perceptions of 10 mental health consumers in a community care setting in 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: the relationship between participants and clinicians; information about side effects; and the value of the case-management system. Most participants reported that health professionals appeared disinterested in the antipsychotic medication side effects they experienced and did not understand the detrimental impact of side effects on their lives. The participants were also not equipped with sufficient information about the care they received, the prescribed medications, and possible side effects. Most participants felt excluded from decisions about the care they received, which caused significant distress. Structures and strategies therefore should be developed to ensure that the views of mental consumers are taken into consideration in a more fulsome manner in delivering mental health care in the community.
Keyword Antipsychotic agents
Consumer participation
Interviews
Mental health
Qualitative research
Side effects
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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