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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem

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MIASSO, Adriana Inocenti; MONTESCHI, Maristela  e  GIACCHERO, Kelly Graziani. Bipolar affective disorder: medication adherence and satisfaction with treatment and guidance by the health team in a mental health service. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2009, vol.17, n.4, pp.548-556. ISSN 1518-8345.

Bipolar Affective Disorder (BAD) is a chronic disease and requires medication treatment. This study verified the adherence of people with BAD to medication and compared, among adherent and non-adherent patients, satisfaction with the health team and treatment. Twenty-one patients with BAD receiving care in a mental health unit participated in the study. The Morisky-Green test and another instrument elaborated by the researchers were used for interviews. Data were analyzed with qualitative and quantitative approaches. Results showed that the majority of patients did not adhere to the medication treatment due to "non-intentional behavior" (negligence or forgetfulness). The majority reports satisfaction with information received regarding the medication and its effectiveness, though there were reports of collateral effects, doubts and lack of motivation to keep up the treatment. This research shows the need for strategies directed at promoting adherence to medication therapy in patients with BAD.

Palavras-chave : bipolar disorder; patient care team; patient satisfaction; drug administration schedule.

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