Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Increase Medication Adherence and Reduce Readmissions in the Schizophrenic Patients by Educating Nurse Practitioners
by Adeyemi, Afusat Lara, D.N.P., Brandman University, 2019, 51; 22624323
Abstract (Summary)

Schizophrenia is a chronic psychiatric disorder, which can be difficult to treat due to

several factors, one being medication compliance. Schizophrenia is treated with

antipsychotic medication, and it must be done in combination with psychosocial therapy

to mitigate risks related to relapse. It means that to keep the symptoms of schizophrenia in

clients, psychosocial therapy and antipsychotic medication remain fundamental.

Medication adherence can be very complex. Education is important when it comes to

imparting knowledge and skills. This paper focuses on medication adherence and reduce

readmissions in the schizophrenic patients by educating nurse practitioners. This paper

highlights the statement of the problem by defining the disease as a chronic mental

disorder that affects early brain growth and interferes with an individual’s ability to make

good use of their common sense for instance, hearing, touch, smell, and sight. This

descriptive study was conducted on a sample comprising 36 participants who assessed the

relevance of educating nurse practitioners in enhancing medication adherence and reduce

readmissions in schizophrenic patients via a pre-and post- educational session surveys.

Charts review was conducted on the sample schizophrenia patients. The results revealed

that patients improved in recovery due to medication compliance that amounted to about

80%. The chronic nature of schizophrenia requires the continuous and persistent

engagement of the patients by nurse practitioners in addition to standard care, and hence

educating these providers will enhance medication compliance in the schizophrenia

patients. The paper concludes by highlighting two points on sustainability plan for

translating evidence into practice mainly decoding research evidence to medical practice

and behavior alteration within the organization amongst individuals, plans for

dissemination and application of the CSP to the DNP essentials.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Minaie, Sheela S
Commitee: Webb, Bryan, Hanisch, Tyke
School: Brandman University
Department: Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 81/3(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing
Keywords: Antipsychotic medications, Patient education, Psychosocial therapy, Schizophrenia
Publication Number: 22624323
ISBN: 9781088324356
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