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FACTORS CONTRIBUTING NON-COMPLIANCE OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AMONG PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS

Mr. T Nithiyanandam, Dr. Jayestri Kurushev

Keywords : Non-compliance, Psychotropic patients

Citation Information : Nithiyanandam MT, Kurushev DJ. FACTORS CONTRIBUTING NON-COMPLIANCE OF PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS AMONG PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS. 2015; 8 (3):22-25.

DOI: 10.5005/pjn-8-3-22

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 01-12-2015

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2015; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Non-compliance is failure of the patient to follow the prescribed treatment regimen. A descriptive study was conducted on 90 subject those who are under psychotropic drugs at GH, Puducherry. A structured Questionnaire was used to assess the factors contributing to non-compliance through an interview after obtaining consent from the study participants. The present study finding revealed that various factors perceived as contributing to non-compliance, majority 28.8 % of the subjects stopped the drugs once they felt better with symptoms, 24.4 % ran out of pills, 24.4 % taking pills irregularly,23.3 % dependent on other to get the pills, and so on, Thus, the present study concluded that there are many factors which contributed to noncompliance among psychiatric patients. Therefore, it is recommended that more emphasis must be given on deinstitutionalization of mental health services and provide psycho education to reduce the non-compliance of psychotropic drugs.


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