Taking neuroleptic medications as the treatment for schizophrenia: A phenomenological study

Usher, Kim J (2001) Taking neuroleptic medications as the treatment for schizophrenia: A phenomenological study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 10 (3). pp. 145-155.

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Research in the area of neuroleptic medications has traditionally relied on quantitative methodologies which view the problem from the researcher's perspective. This phenomenological study was undertaken to explore the experience of taking neuroleptic medications from the individual's perspective using a research approach which has the potential to illuminate and respect participant experiences. Interviews were conducted with 10 individuals who take neuroleptic medications as their main treatment for schizophrenia. Interviews were analysed using an interpretive method which seeks to generate a deeper understanding of the phenomenon under study. The experience of taking neuroleptic medications emerged as incorporating hope for recovery, learning to live with the side-effects, embodiment of illness, experiencing issues of control, and struggling to stay well. The results have relevance for practicing and novice mental health nurses, for teachers of undergraduate nursing and allied health students, and carer and consumer groups.

Item ID: 803
Item Type: Article (UNSPECIFIED)
ISSN: 1324-3780
Keywords: Hermeneutics, Neuroleptic medication, Phenomenology, Schizophrenia
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Copyright 2001 Blackwell Publishing. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com

Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111005 Mental Health Nursing @ 0%
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