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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 70-75

Effectiveness of a structured teaching intervention regarding the management of side effects of antipsychotic drugs on the severity of side effects among in patients in a tertiary care hospital, South India

1 Assistant Professor, Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Dimapur, Nagaland, India
2 Professor, College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Mrs. A O Nukshijungla
Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, PB 31, PO: ARTC, 4th Mile, Dimapur, Nagaland
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_50_20

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The discovery and use of antipsychotic drugs in the management of psychotic illness has become a boon for the patients as well as for the family members. However, unwanted but expected side-effects can have a detrimental impact on the consumers of such drugs. This study is aimed to assess the severity of side-effects of antipsychotic drugs and the effectiveness of a structured teaching intervention on patients' management of selected side-effects of antipsychotic drugs. A total of 40 patients were enrolled in the study. The results before the teaching intervention showed that there were patients who experienced 'low' to 'very high' side-effects of antipsychotic drugs, as measured by the standardised study tool, Liverpool University Neuroleptics Side Effects Rating Scale. There was a high reduction in the severity of the side-effects of antipsychotic drugs, and patients were experiencing only 'low' to 'moderate' side-effects after the structured teaching intervention Thus, the study findings suggest that health-care providers needs to continuously monitor the side-effects and provide relevant heath teaching to the patients so that there is high compliance to the treatment and thereby improving their quality of life.

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