Choosing to UseCompared toTakingMedication: The Meaning of Medication as Described by People Who Experience Schizophrenia

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Abstract

PURPOSE:

The use of medication is an important aspect within the experience of schizophrenia.

DESIGN AND METHODS:

Interviews with 14 people with schizophrenia were analyzed using van Kaam's psychophenomenological method, and findings revealed two opposing and important attitudes toward medication.

FINDINGS:

Adopting an attitude of choosing to use prescribed medication means autonomously self-managing medication and taking prescribed medication means feeling challenged and being under external pressure through being told or forced by others and therefore having no personal connection to the details or purpose of medication.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:

Nurses need to actively work in partnership to support consumers to take an active stance toward choosing to use medication rather than ensuring consumers take medication.

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