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Wanting to be heard : mental health consumers' experiences of information about medication

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Brenda Happell, E Manias, C Roper
The complexities accompanying the prescription of antipsychotic medication forpeople experiencing a mental illness have been extensively documented in the literature. The viewsand experiences of consumers of mental health services, however, are almost entirely absent. Thispaper describes the findings of a qualitative study undertaken to examine the experiences ofconsumers, specifically in relation to education and decision making with regards to medication. Thefindings from a focus group conducted with consumers (n = 9) revealed an overall dissatisfaction withinformation provided and the opportunity to participate in decision making. Data analysis revealedfour major themes: information to consumers; acknowledgement and recognition of consumers; rolesof health professionals; and the experience of wellness and adherence. The findings suggest the needfor significant change if the goals of the Third National Mental Health Plan are to be realized.

History

Volume

13

Start Page

242

End Page

248

Number of Pages

7

ISSN

1445-8330

Location

Australia

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Centre for Psychiatric Nursing Research and Practice;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International journal of mental health nursing.

Exports

CQUniversity

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