Effective Strategies for Nurses Empowering Clients With Schizophrenia: Medication Use as a Tool in Recovery.

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Effective Strategies for Nurses Empowering Clients With Schizophrenia: Medication Use as a Tool in Recovery.

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2016 Apr 25;:1-8

Authors: Mahone IH, Maphis CF, Snow DE

Abstract
Clients with schizophrenia require maintenance treatment with antipsychotic medication and psychosocial therapy to maintain symptom control. Rates of medication adherence or follow-through are low in clients with schizophrenia. This increases the risk of relapse and contributes to poor quality of life. As educators and advisers, psychiatric nurses can collaborate with clients to improve adherence and other outcomes using shared decision-making techniques and tools that engage and empower clients to actively participate in decisions about their treatment. This article outlines effective strategies used by psychiatric nurses to improve outcomes in clients with schizophrenia and uses a case example for demonstrating this strategy in a client with schizophrenia.

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