alexa Do patients with schizophrenia distinguish between attitudes toward antipsychotic medication and pharmacotherapy in general? Validation of the Beliefs About Medication Questionnaire.


Journal of Psychiatry

Author(s): Beck EM, Vgelin R, Wirtz M, Cavelti M, Kvrgic S,

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Attitudes toward medication are important predictors of medication adherence in schizophrenia. However, monitoring their strength and influence in clinical settings is challenged by the absence of assessments separating them from adherence and subjective response and distinguishing between attitudes toward pharmacotherapy in general and antipsychotic medications. This study examined the applicability of the Beliefs about Medication Questionnaire (BMQ) in outpatients with schizophrenia (N = 131). Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) could not support the original four-factor structure. A subsequent exploratory factor analysis revealed the factors Antipsychotics Necessity, Antipsychotics Concern, and Pharmacotherapy Distrust were supported by an acceptable fit of a completing CFA. These subscales have satisfactory internal reliability, test-retest reliability, and local fit indices. Modest correlations with insight and illness perception indicate construct validity. Criterion validity was supported by a significantly higher medication adherence of accepting patients compared with skeptical patients. The BMQ is a psychometrically sound and valid measure of attitudes toward medication in outpatients with schizophrenia. This article was published in J Nerv Ment Dis and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version