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Mental health nurses’ views about antipsychotic medication side effects

Stomski, N.J., Morrison, P.ORCID: 0000-0002-3389-8393 and Meehan, T. (2016) Mental health nurses’ views about antipsychotic medication side effects. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 23 (6-7). pp. 369-377.

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Limited evidence suggests that only a minority of mental health nurses regularly use standardized assessment tools to assess antipsychotic medication side effects, but the factors that contribute to the non-routine use of these tools remain unknown.

To examine Australian mental health nurses’ awareness of, and attitudes towards, side-effect assessment tools, and also identify factors the influence the use of these tools.

A cross-sectional survey was undertaken through distributing an online questionnaire via email to members of the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Completed questionnaires were received from 171 respondents. Linear regression was used to examine the relationship between the ‘service responsibility’ and ‘personal confidence’ scale scores, and awareness, previous use and ongoing use of antipsychotic medication assessment tools.

Only one-quarter of the respondents (26.5%) were currently using an assessment tool. ‘Service responsibility’ was significantly associated with ongoing use of antipsychotic medication assessment tools (Β = 3.26; 95% CI 0.83–5.69). ‘Personal confidence’ did not influence the ongoing use of assessment tools (Β = −0.05; 95% CI −1.06–1.50).

Implications for clinical practice
Stakeholders can incorporate ‘service responsibility’ processes to foster increased use of assessment tools, which may enhance the identification antipsychotic medication side effects and improve the quality of care for service users.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Health Professions
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Inc
Copyright: © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
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