Year of Publication

2019

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Evelyn Parish

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Chizimuzo Okoli

Committee Member

Dr. Debra Hampton

Abstract

Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease that affects approximately 21 million people worldwide (APA, 2013). The gold standard of treatment of schizophrenia is antipsychotic medications. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of patients become non-compliant with their prescribed medications (Sadock, Sadock & Ruiz, 2015). The purpose of this DNP project was to determine the effect of implementing an education intervention regarding long acting injectable (LAI) antipsychotics on the knowledge of advanced practice providers working at a state psychiatric hospital. The advanced practice providers that participated in this DNP project completed a pre-education assessment, attended a brief educational session regarding LAI antipsychotics, and completed a post-education assessment two weeks later. Though the results were limited by the number of participants, it was found that after implementing an educational session regarding LAI antipsychotics advanced practice providers had improved knowledge about and self-efficacy in prescribing of LAI antipsychotics, and reported a greater willingness to prescribe LAI antipsychotics in the future.

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