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Consumers’ questions about antipsychotic medication: revealing safety concerns and the silent voices of young men.

Consumers’ questions about antipsychotic medication: revealing safety concerns and the silent voices of young men.

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2014 Dec 30;

Authors: Weersink RA, Taxis K, McGuire TM, van Driel ML

Abstract
PURPOSE: Little is known about consumer information needs regarding antipsychotic medicines. Medicines call centre (MCC)-derived data are underutilised; and could provide insight into issues of importance to consumers. This study aimed to explore consumers’ information needs about antipsychotic medication sought from a national MCC in Australia.
METHODS: Questions received by the National Prescribing Service Medicines Line relating to antipsychotic medication from September 2002 to June 2010 were examined by antipsychotic subclass and in relation to other medication queries.
RESULTS: We identified 6,295 calls related to antipsychotic medication. While female callers predominated, the percentage of males with antipsychotic questions was statistically significantly higher than for other medication calls (33.9 vs 22.6 %; p < 0.001). There were distinct gender differences in medicines information seeking across age ranges. Younger men asked about second-generation antipsychotics, shifting toward first-generation antipsychotics after 45 years of age. Female interest in both subclasses was comparable, irrespective of age. Most callers asking about antipsychotics sought information for themselves (69.4 %). Callers were primarily concerned about safety (57.0 %), especially adverse drug reactions (28.8 %), and were more often prompted by a worrying symptom (23.8 %) compared with the rest of calls (17.2 %). Trends of antipsychotic questions received corresponded with antipsychotic prescription data.
CONCLUSIONS: The number of calls received by this MCC over time reveals an ongoing consumer need for additional, targeted information about antipsychotics. Noticeable was the relatively high frequency of young male callers asking about antipsychotics, indicating that call centres could be a way to reach these traditionally poor users of health services.

PMID: 25547083 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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Differential stigmatizing attitudes of healthcare professionals towards psychiatry and patients with mental health problems: something to worry about? A pilot study.

Differential stigmatizing attitudes of healthcare professionals towards psychiatry and patients with mental health problems: something to worry about? A pilot study.

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2014 Aug 15;

Authors: Gras LM, Swart M, Slooff CJ, van Weeghel J, Knegtering H, Castelein S

Abstract
PURPOSE: This study compares stigmatizing attitudes of different healthcare professionals towards psychiatry and patients with mental health problems.
METHODS: The Mental Illness Clinicians Attitude (MICA) questionnaire is used to assess stigmatizing attitudes in three groups: general practitioners (GPs, n = 55), mental healthcare professionals (MHCs, n = 67) and forensic psychiatric professionals (FPs, n = 53).
RESULTS: A modest positive attitude towards psychiatry was found in the three groups (n = 176). Significant differences were found on the total MICA-score (p < 0.001). GPs scored significantly higher than the FPs and the latter scored significantly higher than the MHCs on all factors of the MICA. Most stigmatizing attitudes were found on professionals’ views of health/social care field and mental illness and disclosure. Personal and work experience did not influence stigmatizing attitudes.
CONCLUSIONS: Although all three groups have a relatively positive attitude using the MICA, there is room for improvement. Bias toward socially acceptable answers cannot be ruled out. Patients’ view on stigmatizing attitudes of professionals may be a next step in stigma research in professionals.

PMID: 25123701 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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Mental disorder in Polish families: is diagnosis a predictor of caregiver’s burden?

Mental disorder in Polish families: is diagnosis a predictor of caregiver’s burden?

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2011 May;46(5):363-72

Authors: Hadryś T, Adamowski T, Kiejna…

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