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Choosing to use compared to taking medication: the meaning of medication as described by people who experience schizophrenia

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose

    The use of medication is an important aspect within the experience of schizophrenia.

    Design and Methods

    Interviews with 14 people with schizophrenia were analyzed using van Kaam's psychophenomenological method, and findings revealed two opposing and important attitudes toward medication.

    Findings

    Adopting an attitude of choosing to use prescribed medication means autonomously self-managing medication and taking prescribed medication means feeling challenged and being under external pressure through being told or forced by others and therefore having no personal connection to the details or purpose of medication.

    Practice Implications

    Nurses need to actively work in partnership to support consumers to take an active stance toward choosing to use medication rather than ensuring consumers take medication.

UOW Authors


  •   Liersch, Susan A. (external author)
  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Curtis, Janette (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Liersch-Sumskis, S., Moxham, L. & Curtis, J. (2015). Choosing to use compared to taking medication: the meaning of medication as described by people who experience schizophrenia. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 51 (2), 114-120.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84927167412

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2655

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 114

End Page


  • 120

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Purpose

    The use of medication is an important aspect within the experience of schizophrenia.

    Design and Methods

    Interviews with 14 people with schizophrenia were analyzed using van Kaam's psychophenomenological method, and findings revealed two opposing and important attitudes toward medication.

    Findings

    Adopting an attitude of choosing to use prescribed medication means autonomously self-managing medication and taking prescribed medication means feeling challenged and being under external pressure through being told or forced by others and therefore having no personal connection to the details or purpose of medication.

    Practice Implications

    Nurses need to actively work in partnership to support consumers to take an active stance toward choosing to use medication rather than ensuring consumers take medication.

UOW Authors


  •   Liersch, Susan A. (external author)
  •   Moxham, Lorna
  •   Curtis, Janette (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Liersch-Sumskis, S., Moxham, L. & Curtis, J. (2015). Choosing to use compared to taking medication: the meaning of medication as described by people who experience schizophrenia. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 51 (2), 114-120.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84927167412

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smhpapers/2655

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 6

Start Page


  • 114

End Page


  • 120

Volume


  • 51

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • United States