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Eur Psychiatry. 2010 May;25(4):216-9. doi: 10.1016/j.eurpsy.2009.09.003. Epub 2009 Dec 14.

Do treatment and illness beliefs influence adherence to medication in patients with bipolar affective disorder? A preliminary cross-sectional study.

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  • 1Division of Clinical Neurosciences, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Southampton, Royal South Hants Hospital, Southampton, SO14 0YG, United Kingdom.


Adherence to medication is essential for achieving good outcomes for patients with bipolar affective disorder. This study tested whether treatment and illness beliefs are important predictors of adherence to medication. Results indicate that beliefs are predictive, and may be a suitable target for modification in efforts to change behaviour.

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