|BRIEF RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
|Year : 2015 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 403-406
Effectiveness of specific intervention on treatment adherence of persons with mental illness: A pilot study
Nurnahar Ahmed1, Sailaxmi Gandhi2, Arunjyoti Baruah1
1 Department of Psychiatric Nursing, LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur, Assam, India
2 Department of Nursing, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Context: Treatment nonadherence is one of the major obstacles in recovery even with the availability of a broad range of pharmacological and psychosocial treatments for persons with mental illnesses.
Aims: The aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of specific interventions in improvement of treatment adherence of persons with mental illnesses.
Settings and Design: A quasi-experimental study was conducted at a tertiary mental health care setting in North-east India.
Materials and Methods: Total 30 numbers of patients were selected randomly for the study. Treatment adherence was assessed using the Medication Adherence Rating Scale and a structured Treatment Adherence Checklist. Data were collected before and 1-month after the specific interventions to the patients and their family members.
Results: Result showed a significant improvement in the treatment adherence as verbalized by the patient (paired t = 3.973, P = 0.00, df = 29) as well as reported by the family members (paired t = 2.94, P = 0.00, df = 29) following the specific intervention.
Conclusion: The study result suggested that specific intervention may be used for a better outcome of treatment for mental illnesses. The findings might be generalized following implementation of the intervention to a larger sample.
Department of Psychiatric Nursing, LGB Regional Institute of Mental Health, Tezpur - 784 001, Assam
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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