The Effect of Family Counseling on Medication Adherence of Schizophrenic Patients with Alcohol Use
Keywords:Family counseling, Medication adherence, Schizophrenic patients with alcohol use
A quasi-experimental research which was conducted with a pre- and post-experimental measurement. The aims of the study included: 1) to compare behaviors ofschizophrenic patients with alcohol usage in medication adherence between pre and post receiving a family counseling program; and 2) to compare behaviors ofschizophrenic patients with alcohol usage in medication adherence for repeated measurements after 1 week and 1 month. The sample group was qualified schizophrenic patients with alcohol usage treated in outpatient department at Nangrong Hospital. The patients were randomly matched with those who had similar qualifications as 20 pairs of patient and family member as a caregiver. The experimental group received four weeks of family counseling program in medication adherence. As for the research instruments, there were 1) Family Counseling Program; 2) Medication Adherence scale; 3) Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale :BPRS and 4) The Obsessive Compulsive Drinking Scale: OCDS. All instruments were tested for content validity by 5 experts with Cronbach’s alpha coefficients of .80, .86 and .94 respectively. Data analysis use One-way Repeated Measure ANOVA. The results of the research could be summarized as follows. The medication adherence of schizophrenic patients with alcohol usage followed up after 1 week and 1 month was higher than after receiving family counseling, which was accounted of .05 statistically significant.
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