Conflict of Interest Statement
Choosing to Use Compared to Taking Medication: The Meaning of Medication as Described by People Who Experience Schizophrenia
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2014
© 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume 51, Issue 2, pages 114–120, April 2015
How to Cite
Liersch-Sumskis, S., Moxham, L. and Curtis, J. (2015), Choosing to Use Compared to Taking Medication: The Meaning of Medication as Described by People Who Experience Schizophrenia. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 51: 114–120. doi: 10.1111/ppc.12072
The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.
- Issue published online: 13 APR 2015
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Revised: 3 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Received: 14 JAN 2014
- mental illness;
The use of medication is an important aspect within the experience of schizophrenia.
Design and Methods
Interviews with 14 people with schizophrenia were analyzed using van Kaam's psychophenomenological method, and findings revealed two opposing and important attitudes toward medication.
Adopting an attitude of choosing to use prescribed medication means autonomously self-managing medication and taking prescribed medication means feeling challenged and being under external pressure through being told or forced by others and therefore having no personal connection to the details or purpose of medication.
Nurses need to actively work in partnership to support consumers to take an active stance toward choosing to use medication rather than ensuring consumers take medication.