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Medication therapy: adherence, knowledge and difficulties of elderly people from bipolar disorder.
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PMID:  21876947     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study aimed to verify the adherence, knowledge and the difficulties of elderly patients with Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) in relation to the prescribed pharmacological therapy for the control of this disorder. The study included 17 elderly patients with BAD treated at a Mental Health Center. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and scales were applied. The data were analyzed using a quali-quantitative approach. A low level of adherence to the pharmacological treatment and a deficit in knowledge in relation to the medication were identified, especially regarding the dose and frequency of administration. Among the difficulties inherent to the pharmacotherapy, the obligation of polypharmacotherapy, the desire to quit the pharmacological treatment, limitations in the self-administration of the medication, collateral effects, and doubts about the need for the medication were related. Investment is needed in educational activities and in the promotion of adherence that address the difficulties experienced by elderly people with BAD in the following of the pharmacotherapy in order to ensure safety in the medication therapy.
Ligiane Paula da Cruz; Patrícia Monforte Miranda; Kelly Graziani Giacchero Vedana; Adriana Inocenti Miasso
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Revista latino-americana de enfermagem     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1518-8345     ISO Abbreviation:  Rev Lat Am Enfermagem     Publication Date:    2011 Jul-Aug
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-08-30     Completed Date:  2012-01-10     Revised Date:  2014-07-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9420934     Medline TA:  Rev Lat Am Enfermagem     Country:  Brazil    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng; por; spa     Pagination:  944-52     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Bipolar Disorder / drug therapy*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Medication Adherence

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