Attitude towards drug adherence in inpatients with bipolar affective disorder: a cross-sectional study


  • Anina Elizabeth Selvin House Surgeon, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery
  • Sreeja Sreekumar Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, MOSC MEdical College, Kolenchery, Kerala, India
  • Joseph Varghese P Professor and Head of Department, Department of Psychiatry, MOSC Medical College, Kolenchery, Kerala



non-adherence, drug attitude, bipolar affective disorder


Background and Objectives: Bipolar Affective Disorder is the sixth leading cause of disability-adjusted life years in individuals aged 15-44 years. Among the patients with Bipolar Disorder, about 60% are at least partially non-adherent to medications. This study attempted to study attitude towards drug adherence in inpatients with bipolar affective disorder. Materials and Methods: Consecutive patients, between 18 to 60 years of age, diagnosed with Bipolar Affective Disorder, undergoing inpatient treatment over a two-month period, were recruited. Their attitude towards drug adherence was assessed using a 30-item version of the Drug Attitude Inventory (DAI). Results: Subjects in this study had good medication adherence (DAI= 3.12± 7.09), indicating these patients tended to report favourable views towards their psychiatric medications. Conclusion: Assessment of attitude towards non-adherence in this population showed good medication adherence and a positive response to treatment.


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How to Cite

Selvin, A. E. ., Sreekumar, S. ., & Varghese P, J. . (2021). Attitude towards drug adherence in inpatients with bipolar affective disorder: a cross-sectional study. Kerala Journal of Psychiatry, 34(1), 13–16.



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