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.
|Advisor:||Minaie, Sheela S|
|Commitee:||Webb, Bryan, Hanisch, Tyke|
|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|
|Keywords:||Antipsychotic medications, Patient education, Psychosocial therapy, Schizophrenia|
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