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Patients' subjective experiences on antipsychotic medications: implications for outcome and quality of life.

Authors
  • Awad, A G
  • Hogan, T P
  • Voruganti, L N
  • Heslegrave, R J
Type
Published Article
Journal
International clinical psychopharmacology
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1995
Volume
10 Suppl 3
Pages
123–132
Identifiers
PMID: 8866774
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The phenomenon of subjective response to antipsychotic medications in schizophrenia was reviewed, focusing on validity, measurement, implications for clinical outcome and quality of life. Recommendations were made on improvements in research approaches to important factors that may contribute to the genesis of this phenomenon. Clinicians should pay attention to the subjective complaints of their patients about medications and not ignore them as unreliable. Researchers should not dismiss research into subjective experiences as non-scientific, because it provides valuable information on recognizing psychopathology and for improving the management of patients.

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