Illness perception of dropout patients followed up at bipolar outpatient clinic, Turkey.

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Illness perception of dropout patients followed up at bipolar outpatient clinic, Turkey.

Asian J Psychiatr. 2015 Apr 11;

Authors: Oflaz S, Guveli H, Kalelioglu T, Akyazı S, Yıldızhan E, Kılıc KC, Basyigit S, Ozdemiroglu F, Akyuz F, Gokce E, Bag S, Kurt E, Oral ET

Abstract
Dropout is a common problem in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses including bipolar disorders (BD). The aim of the present study is to investigate illness perceptions of dropout patients with BD. A cross sectional study was done on the participants who attended the Mood Disorder Outpatient Clinic at least 3 times from January 2003 through June 2008, and then failed to attend clinic till to the last one year, 2009, determined as dropout. Thirty-nine dropout patients and 39 attendent patients with BD were recruited for this study. A sociodemographic form and brief illness perception questionnaire were used to capture data. The main reasons of patients with BD for dropout were difficulties of transport (31%), to visit another doctor (26%), giving up drugs (13%) and low education level (59%) is significant for dropout patients. The dropout patients reported that their illness did not critically influence their lives, their treatment had failed to control their illnesses, they had no symptoms, and that their illness did not emotionally affect them. In conclusion, the nonattendance of patients with serious mental illness can result in non-compliance of therapeutic drug regimens, and a recurrence of the appearance symptoms. The perception of illness in dropout patients with BD may be important for understanding and preventing nonattendance.

PMID: 25921931 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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