Peers experience of delivering a problem-solving programme to enhance antipsychotic medication adherence for individuals with schizophrenia

Boardman, G., Kerr, D. and McCann, T. 2015, Peers experience of delivering a problem-solving programme to enhance antipsychotic medication adherence for individuals with schizophrenia, Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 423-430, doi: 10.1111/jpm.12195.

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Title Peers experience of delivering a problem-solving programme to enhance antipsychotic medication adherence for individuals with schizophrenia
Author(s) Boardman, G.
Kerr, D.ORCID iD for Kerr, D. orcid.org/0000-0002-2956-2432
McCann, T.
Journal name Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Volume number 22
Issue number 6
Start page 423
End page 430
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1351-0126
1365-2850
Keyword(s) adherence
antipsychotic medication
consumer
peer support
problem-solving
schizophrenia
Adult
Antipsychotic Agents
Female
Health Promotion
Humans
Male
Medication Adherence
Middle Aged
Peer Group
Social Support
Young Adult
Summary Many consumers with schizophrenia are reluctant to take their prescribed antipsychotic medications; however, non-adherence can lead to relapse. The aim of this study was to evaluate peers' perspectives of their participation in a problem-solving peer support programme to enhance adherence in consumers who are reluctant to take antipsychotic medication. Peers contacted consumers by a weekly telephone call for 8 weeks, and used a problem-solving approach to inform their discussion about medication adherence. Semi-structured qualitative interviews were used to evaluate peers' perspectives of their involvement in the programme. Three main themes were abstracted from the data: motivation to participate in the study, experience of peer support programme, and rewards and challenges of the peer experience. Helping others was an important motivator for peers in agreeing to participate in the study. Telephone delivery was a convenient way to deliver the peer support programme. However, at times, it was difficult to contact consumers by telephone and this caused some frustration. Despite these difficulties, peers recognized that being involved in the programme increased their confidence and made them feel worthwhile. The findings have implications for the use of peer support as an adjunct intervention to promote medication adherence in consumers with schizophrenia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/jpm.12195
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, John Wiley & Sons
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089857

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