Florence Nightingale Journal of Nursing
Research Article

Side Effects of Medications and Adherence to Medication in Patients Using Antipsychotics


Araş. Gör. Dr. İstanbul Üniversitesi Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Fakültesi


Prof. Dr. İstanbul Üniversitesi Florence Nightingale Hemşirelik Fakültesi

Florence Nightingale J Nurs 2012; 20: 93-103
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Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the medication side-effects, medication adherence and their relationship in patients who take antipsychotic medication at an outpatient clinic.

Method: The descriptive and correlational study was carried out with a total of 117 outpatients who met the research criteria and willing to participate in research in the psychiatry clinic of Istanbul Faculty of Medicine. Data were collected with a sociodemografic form, The Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side Effect Rating Scale-LUNSERS, Morisky’s Questions-Self Report Measure of Adherence. Data were analyzed by Kruskal Wallis Test and Mann Whitney-U Test, Cronbach alpha reliability coefficient and Spearmans’ rho corelation analysis.

Results: It was determined that patients experienced at least one medication side effect and they frequently experienced tiredness and difficulty in concentrating and remembering thing . Medication adherence was determined to be high in 47.9%, medium in 43.6% of the patients. The patients with low adherence experienced more psychologic side-effects compared to the patients with high adherence.

Conclusion: In conclusion, it was determined that the patients experienced medical side effects frequently, the rate of medical adherence in patients was high and the psychologic side-effects affected the adherence.

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