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Patients' knowledge and views of their depot neuroleptic medication

  • R. Goldbeck (a1), S. Tomlinson (a2) and J. Bouch (a2)
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Aims and method

This study examined the attitudes and knowledge of patients regarding their depot neuroleptic medication. All patients were attending a community mental health centre in Clydebank, Scotland.

Results

Many patients had limited knowledge of their medication, its benefits and side-effects as well as the rationale for its use. The biggest gaps were found in patients' knowledge of the long-term side-effects of their medication.

Clinical implications

Our findings raise doubts as to the capacity of some patients to give informed consent to their treatment. A number of steps are outlined in order to raise patients' standard of knowledge.

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Patients' knowledge and views of their depot neuroleptic medication

  • R. Goldbeck (a1), S. Tomlinson (a2) and J. Bouch (a2)
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