How do psychiatric patients perceive the side effects of their medications?

Oleg Lapshin, Craig J. Skinner, Joseph Finkelstein

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Aims: Available instruments for the assesment of medication side effects give limited information about the overall impact of medication side effects on patient well-being. We have developed a scale to assess adverse drug events that can potentially be used in any field of medicine. Methods: A convenience sample of 61 consecutive psychiatric patients was enrolled from a rehabilitation clinic. The Side Effect Survey (SidES), designed for this study, was used to assess adverse drug effects. The Udvalg for Kliniske Undersogelser (UKU) Side Effect Rating Scale was used independently as another tool as assess medication side effects. Results: Overall reliability of the scale was good with Cronbach-alpha 0.81-0.96. Criterion-related validity of SidES was analyzed through a comparison of corresponding items in SidES with the UKU Side Effect Rating Scale. For 41 of 48 symptoms, there was a correlation between similar items in UKU and SidES at p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)74-79
Number of pages6
JournalGerman Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2006
Externally publishedYes



  • Medication side effects
  • Psychotropic medications
  • Rating scales

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Lapshin, O., Skinner, C. J., & Finkelstein, J. (2006). How do psychiatric patients perceive the side effects of their medications? German Journal of Psychiatry, 9(3), 74-79.