Advanced search
Start date

The meaning of medication therapy for people with Schizophrenia, according to their perspectives and those of family members.

Grant number: 07/06898-8
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): March 01, 2008
Effective date (End): November 30, 2009
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Nursing - Psychiatric Nursing
Principal researcher:Adriana Inocenti Miasso
Grantee:Kelly Graziani Giacchero Vedana
Home Institution: Escola de Enfermagem de Ribeirão Preto (EERP). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Ribeirão Preto , SP, Brazil


Schizophrenia is a potentially incapacitating chronic condition, which causes a great impact on patients’ lives, reduces their functioning and quality of life. Taking medication is a necessary reality in the patient’s daily routine. This study aims to understand the meaning of the medication therapy for these patients, according to their perspectives and those of their family members. Given the nature of the problem, this is a qualitative research based on Grounded Theory, in light of the Symbolic Interactionism. The study will be carried out in the Schizophrenia unit of a Outpatients Service of Psychiatric Clinic of a school hospital located in the interior of São Paulo, Brazil. The number of participants is not predetermined but it will result from a theoretical sample process according to the methodological reference adopted. In addition, the relative, most involved in the treatment, according to the patient, will be interviewed. Interviews and observation will be the main strategies for the data collection. The recorded interviews will be first transcribed and then coded in three phases: open coding, axial coding and selective coding. Then the categories will be integrated in Strauss and Corbin’s paradigm model, involving the cause that triggered the phenomenon, the context in which it is inserted, intervening conditions, the strategy to act on the phenomenon and its consequences. This study will allow us to understand associated and determinant factors of the reality Schizophrenic patients experience in relation to the medication therapy, permitting a leap in the implementation of intervention strategies in health service directed at the quality of care for these patients.

News published in Agência FAPESP Newsletter about the scholarship:
Articles published in other media outlets (0 total):
More itemsLess items

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
GIACCHERO VEDANA, KELLY GRAZIANI; MIASSO, ADRIANA INOCENTI. The meaning of pharmacological treatment for schizophrenic patients. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem, v. 22, n. 4, p. 670-678, JUL-AUG 2014. Web of Science Citations: 4.

Please report errors in scientific publications list by writing to: