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Revista da Escola de Enfermagem da USP

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Abstract

MIASSO, Adriana Inocenti; CARMO, Bruna Paiva do  and  TIRAPELLI, Carlos Renato. Bipolar affective disorder: pharmacotherapeutic profile and adherence to medication. Rev. esc. enferm. USP [online]. 2012, vol.46, n.3, pp. 689-695. ISSN 0080-6234.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0080-62342012000300022.

This cross-sectional and descriptive study aimed to verify the adherence of patients with Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) to medication and to identify possible causes of adherence and non-adherence to medication according to the pharmacotherapeutic profile. The study was carried out in a mental health service in a city in the interior of the state of São Paulo. Participants included 101 patients with BAD. Structured interviews and the Morisky-Green test were used for data collection, and the Statistical Package for Social Science was employed for data analysis. Most subjects (63%) did not adhere to medication. Although there were no significant differences between the adherent and non-adherent groups for the researched variables, the use of polypharmacotherapy and complex treatment regimens was observed in treatment for BAD. In practice, implementing strategies to improve the adherence of patients to medication treatment remains a challenge.

Keywords : Bipolar disorder; Medication adherence; Outpatients; Nursing care.

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