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J Adv Nurs. 1994 Sep;20(3):450-6.

Knowledge and attitudes of chronic mentally ill patients before and after medication education.

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  • 1School of Nursing, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-1337.


This study compares the knowledge and attitudes of 60 patients in a state hospital about medication, before and after structured and unstructured medication education. The purpose was to determine which type of education has more positive effects. A pre- and post-test two-group experimental design was used. The results of this study were not statistically significant in supporting the literature that education has some effect on knowledge or on attitude about taking medication. The study showed similar effects of the method (structured versus unstructured) on increasing knowledge and attitude toward medication. Demographic data from the study suggest a variety of other factors may relate to attitudes and knowledge about medication in the hospital. This study suggests medication education should address demographic factors, incorporate multi-dimensional approaches, include more active patient participation, and utilize one-to-one teaching whenever possible.

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