ABSTRACT: Despite the high percentage of incarcerated persons with mental illness, surprisingly little is known about effective ways to increase psychotropic medication adherence in prison and upon release. Currently, there are limited definitive data regarding psychotropic medication adherence patterns among incarcerated persons, and the data that exist often miss specific information on changes in behaviour, symptom management and adherence patterns over the length of a person's sentence, which has implications for post-release ability to live in the community. This paper presents the current literature regarding psychotropic medication adherence among mentally ill persons who are incarcerated. The factors identified in support of medication adherence, future clinical research and care strategies are provided.
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 09/2010; 17(7):603-13. · 0.80 Impact Factor