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Psychiatric Medication Adherence Among People Who Are Incarcerated: What Do We Know?

Shelton, D., Ehret, M.J., Wakai, S., Kapetanovic, T., and Moran, M. Psychotropic medication adherence in correctional facilities: A review of the literature. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 17(7), 603-613, 2010.

 By Lori Whitten, Staff Writer, RTI International, Rockville, MD


Despite the high percentage of incarcerated persons with mental illness, surprisingly little is known about effective  ways to increase psychotropic medication adherence in prison and upon release. Definitive data on psychotropic medication adherence patterns among incarcerated persons are limited. Research that does exist often fails to capture specific information on changes in behavior, symptom management, and adherence patterns over the length of a person's sentence, which affects the ability to live and thrive in the community after release. Some factors that support medication adherence in mentally ill inmates include accurate diagnoses, appropriate medications, regular contact with clinicians, an emphasis on the importance of daily medication, and motivational, educational, and behavioral strategies that encourage self-care.

Posted Mon, Mar 5 2012 1:16 PM by Tracey Vessels


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