1997 issue 3

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Volume 6, issue 3

Skale kliniczne

Drug Attitude Inventory – presentation of the clinical scale

Sławomir Murawiec1
1. III Klinika Psychiatryczna Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1997, 6, 325-332
Keywords: drug attitudes, clinical scale, neuroleptics, schizophrenia
Abstract

Schizophrenic patients' subjective feelings and attitudes towards their neuroleptic treatment are of importance to their short- and long-term prognosis. Particularly important is the effect of patients' attitudes on their compliance with treatment. The paper discusses the Drug Attitude Inventory (DAI) developed as a tool for the assessment of schizophrenic patients' attitudes towards their pharmacological treatment. On the grounds of the DAI scores their compliance with treatment may be predicted. The construction of DAI and research findings obtained using this scale are discussed. Besides, some comments are given concerning subjective response to treatment, defined here as an early psychophysiological response to therapy with neuroleptics.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Sławomir Murawiec,
III Klinika Psychiatryczna IPiN,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,
02-957 Warszawa