Attitudes to medication

What are attitudes to medication in people with bipolar disorder?

Satisfaction with medication is positively related to better treatment adherence, which in turn is associated with symptom reduction. Patient attitudes towards medications are influenced by the duration of bipolar disorder, insight into the disorder, and past treatment experiences. Identifying factors that encourage or discourage the use of medications may help inform personalised therapy.

What is the evidence for attitudes to medication?

Moderate quality evidence suggests patient attitudes towards antipsychotic medications are generally positive, with longer duration of stable illness, and psychoeducation and adherence treatments being associated with more positive attitudes. Clinician perceptions of efficacy and tolerability impact on prescribing.

November 2021

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Last updated at: 2:47 pm, 31st October 2021
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