Mental health practitioner's attitude towards maintenance neuroleptic treatment for people with schizophrenia

N. Harris, K. Lovell, J. C. Day

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    Abstract

    Pharmacological relapse prevention treatment for people with schizophrenia can last for years if not the person's lifetime. The attitude mental health practitioners (MHPs) hold regarding this treatment can have profound effects on service users' decisions related to treatment. The small number of studies focusing on this issue concentrates on the use of 'depot' preparations. To develop a validated inventory to assess the attitudes of MHPs towards treatment and evaluate the attitudes of a sample of MHPs. The inventory was developed in three stages; item selection, piloting and psychometric testing. The validated inventory was administered to a sample of 50 MHPs undertaking a degree level course in the psycho-social management of psychosis. The final inventory consisted of 21 attitudinal items and four items related to the practitioner's confidence. Results from the sample revealed areas of agreement, variation and uncertainty. A valid and reliable inventory has been developed. The administration of the inventory to 50 MHPs returned results which reflect variable attitudes and perceptions of competency towards maintenance neuroleptic treatment. This diversity in attitudes may have an impact on management of people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and clinical outcomes. © 2007 The Authors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-119
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
    Volume14
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007

    Keywords

    • Maintenance neuroleptic treatment
    • Mental health practitioner
    • Staff attitudes

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