Factors associated with non-adherence to psychotropic medication among patients with major psychiatric disorders

Authors

  • Saifun Nahar Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Muhammad Sayed Inam Walid Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College, Sylhet, Bangladesh
  • Mohammed Zubayer Miah Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Mohammad Muntasir Maruf Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NIMH, Dhaka, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/bjpsy.v36i2.72733

Keywords:

Factors, Non-adherence, Psychotropic medication

Abstract

Psychiatric disorders have become a global public health concern with its increasing global disease burden. Non-adherence to psychotropic medication has huge grave consequences for both patients and the overall health care system. However, there is paucity of studies on medication non-adherence in the underdeveloped world. The Objective of the study was to identify the factors associated with non-adherence to psychotropic medication among adult patients with major psychiatric disorders. This was a cross sectional study, conducted at National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Sher-E-Bangla Nagar, Dhaka, Bangladesh over the period of 12 months from January 2018 to December 2018. For this purpose, 120 adult patients with the age range of 19-65 years, who had history of non-adherence to psychotropic medications, were selected by convenient sampling method. A semi-structured, self-designed questionnaire containing socio-demographic and clinical variables as well as items related to the factors for non-adherence to psychotropic medication was used for data collection. Data was analysed by using statistical package for social sciences (SPSS) 16. The results showed that, among 120 patients, 58.3% were male and 41.7% were female. Age, education, employment status, religion, major psychiatric diseases were significantly associated with factors related to non-adherence to psychotropic medication. Non-adherence to psychotropic medication increases the risk of psychiatric morbidity, mortality and quality of life. So, broad-based efforts must be taken to curb this trend.

Bang J Psychiatry 2022;36(2): 24-26

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Published

2022-12-31

How to Cite

Nahar, . S., Walid, M. S. I. ., Miah, M. Z., & Maruf, M. M. (2022). Factors associated with non-adherence to psychotropic medication among patients with major psychiatric disorders. Bangladesh Journal of Psychiatry, 36(2), 24–26. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjpsy.v36i2.72733

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