Attitudes and beliefs of patients with chronic depression toward antidepressants and depression

Sabrina Anne Jacob, Ab Fatah Ab Rahman, Mohamed Azmi Ahmad Hassali

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Background: Many patients have erroneous views with regard to depression and its management, and it was noted that these attitudes and beliefs significantly affected their adherence rates. Objectives: The primary aim of this study was to determine the attitudes and beliefs of patients with depression toward depression and antidepressants. A secondary aim was to assess the influence of ethnicity on patients attitudes and beliefs. Patients and methods: The study involved patients with chronic depression being followed up at an outpatient clinic at a government-run hospital in Malaysia. Patients attitudes and beliefs were assessed using the Antidepressant Compliance Questionnaire. Results: A total of 104 patients of Malay, Chinese, and Indian ethnic groups met the selection criteria. Chinese patients had significantly negative attitudes and beliefs toward depression and antidepressants compared to Malays and Indians (b=-8.96, t103=-3.22; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1339 - 1347
Number of pages9
JournalNeuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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