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Effectiveness of Two Methods for Informing Schizophrenic Patients About Neuroleptic Medication
Irwin Kleinman; Debbie Schachter; Joel Jeffries; Paul goldhamer
Psychiatric Services 1993; doi:
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University of Toronto department ofpsychiatry; Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Room 937, Toronto, Ontario, Canada MG5 1X5

University of Toronto department ofpsychiatry; Clarke Institute in Toronto

University of Toronto department ofpsychiatry; Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto

1993 by the American Psychiatric Association

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This study showed that both a single educational session and an educational review process were effective in increasingstable schizophrenic patients' knowledge about the side effects of neuroleptic medication. In addition, neither intervention resulted in clinical deterioration or decreased compliance.Structured informing processes using printed information and a multiple-choice questionnaire have several advantages. Allowing patients to read the information while it isbeing read aloud facilitates learning. Physicians can use the standardized printed information form to document more precisely what was said to patients during the informed consent process. In addition, the printed information provides a core to which other educational materials may be added. The questionnaire can be used to assess which information should be reinforced. Printed information may also be translated into other languages, can be reviewed by patients at home, and can be shared with relatives and other advisers and support persons

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