Nursing Student Class Projects (Formerly MSN)

Academic Term

Summer 2020

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 6810

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

Dr. Chovan


Medication Adherence, Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Health Care Provider

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Medication adherence and patients diagnosed with schizophrenia is an ongoing issue for both health care practitioners and the patient. This a concern because patients with schizophrenia may experience severe adverse reactions from delayed care, withdrawal symptoms and cognitive impairment. Psychiatric medications have side effects that induces sickness, this may explain the reluctance of patients not wanting to continue psychiatric medication therapy. The lack of medication adherence in psychiatric patients leads to a disturbed quality of life; inducing clinical depression, anxiety, psychosis and the use of physical and chemical restraints in the hospital. Patients with schizophrenia that have a good insight of their disorders are more likely to comply with psychiatric medication regimen than those that do not. It is the responsibility of the health care provider to accommodate and educate these patients. Human behavior is a barrier however, therapeutic communication may help patients comply with taking their medications. Patients that are able to express themselves will help the health provider decipher the root of noncompliance. The health care provider can follow through with care, find resources for patients and help promote a better quality of life for them.

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