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Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects

Morrison, P., Meehan, T. and Stomski, N.J. (2015) Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 24 (2). pp. 104-111.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/inm.12118
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Abstract

The present study explores Australian case managers' perceptions of mental health consumers' use of antipsychotic medications and the side-effects resulting from these medications. Semistructured interviews were used to elicit material from nine case managers in a community care setting in South–East Queensland, 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 perceptions of the use of antipsychotic medications and associated side-effects, the provision of information about antipsychotic medication side-effects; the assessment of antipsychotic medication side-effects; and the promotion of effective management of antipsychotic medication side-effects. The participants believed that antipsychotic medication provided clear benefits to mental health consumers. Most participants believed that consumers adapted to side-effects and came to accept them. The case managers themselves often felt poorly informed about antipsychotic medication side-effects, leading them to request more succinct types of information. It was notable to find that there was a lack of systematic approach to the assessment of side-effects. This finding highlighted the need to incorporate the routine structured assessment of antipsychotic medication side-effects in providing care to mental health consumers in the community.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Health Professions
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: © 2015 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/25332
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