A recovery-oriented approach to psychiatric medication: Guidelines for nurses

David Roe, Margaret Swarbrick

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Despite the well-documented effectiveness of psychiatric medication, studies reveal that it is used by only approximately half of those for whom it is prescribed. Whereas large-scale studies have focused primarily on the consequences of not taking medication as prescribed, a number of recent qualitative studies have tried to understand the phenomenon from the perspective of consumers. Findings have revealed that nonadherence may not always reflect psychopathology or a lack of insight, but rather a personal choice directed toward engaging in activities that provide meaning and purpose. In this article, we review the literature on medication use, emphasizing the importance of the practitioner-consumer relationship. We also present a recovery-oriented perspective to understand consumers' choices regarding medication use and discuss practical guidelines for psychiatric nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health


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