Why People Discontinue Psychotropic Medications: Differences in Staff and Resident Perceptions in an Intensive Residential Treatment Program

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Abstract

Differences in perceptions as to why people discontinue psychotropic medication were assessed in a group of residents and staff members in the same short-term residential treatment program. While a majority of both residents and staff members felt that side effects, quitting because they feel better, and cost were the among the main reasons, some significant differences were noted between the two groups. Implications for medication education programs are discussed.

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