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dc.contributor.authorCLEARY, A.
dc.contributor.authorWALSH, F.
dc.contributor.authorCONNOLLY, H.
dc.contributor.authorHAYS, V.
dc.contributor.authorOLUWOLE, B.
dc.contributor.authorMACKEN, E.
dc.contributor.authorDowling, Maura
dc.identifier.citationCLEARY, A. WALSH, F.; CONNOLLY, H.; HAYS, V.; OLUWOLE, B.; MACKEN, E.; DOWLING, M. (2011). Monitoring and documentation of side effects from depot antipsychotic medication: an interdisciplinary audit of practice in a regional mental health service. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 19 (5), 395-401
dc.description.abstractThis audit reviewed current practice within a rural mental health service area on the monitoring and documentation of side effects of antipsychotic depot medication. A sample of 60 case files, care plans and prescriptions were audited, which is 31% of the total number of service users receiving depot injections in the mental health service region (n= 181). The sample audited had a range of diagnoses, including: schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, bipolar affective disorder, depression, alcoholic hallucinosis and autism. The audit results revealed that most service users had an annual documented medical review and a documented prescription. However, only five (8%) case notes examined had documentation recorded describing the condition of the injection site, and alternation of the injection site was recorded in only 28 (47%) case notes. No case notes examined had written consent to commence treatment recorded. In 57 (95%) of case notes, no documentation of recorded information on the depot and on side effects was given. The failure to monitor and record some blood tests was partly attributed to a lack of clarity regarding whose responsibility it was. A standardized checklist has been developed as a result of the audit and this will be introduced by all teams across the service.
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dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Ireland
dc.subjectmental health
dc.subjectmetabolic syndrome
dc.subjectside effects
dc.titleMonitoring and documentation of side effects from depot antipsychotic medication: an interdisciplinary audit of practice in a regional mental health service

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