State hospital patients and their medication--do they know what they take
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Age Factors; Aged; *Comprehension; Female; Hospitals, Psychiatric; Hospitals, State; Humans; *Informed Consent; Length of Stay; Male; Mental Disorders; *Mentally Ill Persons; Middle Aged; Patient Compliance; Psychotropic Drugs
Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology
The author surveyed the population of a state hospital (N = 281) to ascertain the level of knowledge patients had about their medication. Approximately 8% of the patients correctly indicated the name of at least one medication they were taking, its dosage schedule, and its intended effect; approximately 54% of the patients evidenced no understanding of the medication they were regularly taking. Significant differences in understanding of medication were found as a function of diagnosis, age, and length of stay. The finding that few patients were knowledgeable about their medication raises doubts about recent court rulings on patients' competency to refuse medication.
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Citation: Am J Psychiatry. 1982 May;139(5):611-5.
Geller, Jeffrey L., "State hospital patients and their medication--do they know what they take" (1982). Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations. 139.