Impact of Self Stigma on Quality of Life of People with Mental Illness at Dilla University Referral Hospital, South Ethiopia
- Alem Eskeziya Ayenalem, Tenaw Yimer Tiruye, Muhammed Seid Muhammed
Medication adherence is a key determinant of the success of pharmacotherapy in patients with schizophrenia and can have an impact on the quality of life. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of a psychiatric nursing intervention on adherence to medications and quality of life of schizophrenic patients. A Quasi-experimental design (one group pretestposttest) was used. The study was conducted at Outpatient Clinics of The Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment Hospital in MIT-Khalaf at Menoufia, Egypt. Non-probability sampling of 50 schizophrenic patients from the previously mentioned setting was recruited. Tools of the study include a structured interview questionnaire, the Medication Adherence Rating Scale and The world health organization quality of life (WHOQOL-BRIEF) scale. The study illustrated that, there was a statistically significant improvement in attitude toward medication and quality of life of patients with schizophrenia after implementation of a psychiatric nursing intervention. In conclusion: the psychiatric nursing intervention was effective in improvement of medication adherence and quality of life of schizophrenic patients. So, it was recommended that, the psychiatric hospital should utilize educational programs to all psychiatric inpatients and outpatients to improve their awareness about their disorder and their medications to improve their adherence and quality of life.