Examining the Role of Social Supports, Family Involvement in Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation

Date: 05/2019

HSRI Research Associate Bevin Croft and colleagues recently had an article published online in the journal Psychosis.  Entitled “An exploratory analysis of the role of social supports in psychiatric medication discontinuation: Results related to family involvement,” the article describes a service user-led study of 194 adults who sought to completely discontinue prescribed psychiatric medications, exploring various social supports. They found that family was significantly associated with medication discontinuation, and respondents who rated family as helpful in the discontinuation process were less likely to completely discontinue than those who rated family as unhelpful or who reported no family involvement—suggesting that families have an important and complex role in medication decision-making.

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