Stages of Change for Psychotropic Medication Adherence and Substance Cessation

Deborah S. Finnell, Frederick H. Osborne

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Psychotropic medication nonadherence has significant consequences for patients, more so if they abuse substances. This descriptive study examined two stages-of-change measures: one for psychotropic medication adherence and one for substance cessation. Findings for these measures are presented for a sample of 105 patients on admission, a sample of 51 patients on 30-day follow-up, and a cohort of 39 patients who had measures for both time points. Stage advancement for dual behaviors was evident. Integrated treatment programs for this population may be further enhanced by providing interventions that promote psychotropic medication adherence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-174
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of psychiatric nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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