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The use of the Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side-Effect Rating Scale (LUNSERS) in clinical practice

Morrison, P.A.ORCID: 0000-0002-3389-8393, Gaskill, D., Meehan, T., Lunney, P., Lawrence, G. and Collings, P. (2000) The use of the Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side-Effect Rating Scale (LUNSERS) in clinical practice. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 9 (4). pp. 166-176.

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Forty-four mental health clients completed the Liverpool University Neuroleptic Side-Effect Rating Scale (LUNSERS)—a self-rating scale to assess the prevalence and intensity of neuroleptic side-effects. In the month prior to the study, 50% of the clients surveyed had experienced more than half of the side-effects outlined on the 41-item scale. A prevalence profile allowed us to rank the frequency of individual side-effects across the sample. Some side-effects such as ‘difficulty concentrating’, ‘difficulty remembering’, ‘tiredness’ and ‘restlessness’ were experienced by most of the clients in the study while ‘unusual skin marks’, ‘difficulty passing water’, ‘rashes’ were experienced by a few. A prevalence profile may be a useful guide in developing strategies for managing side-effects more effectively in small groups of clients. In addition, the use of the LUNSERS in clinical practice would enable case managers to establish baseline measures for individual clients and evaluate changes in medication and other non-medical strategies for reducing unwanted side-effects. The identification and assessment of antipsychotic side-effects is an important area for client and professional carer education.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Wiley
Copyright: Wiley
Notes: From 2002 known as International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
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