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Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation and Reduction

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Ostrow, Laysha (Live & Learn, Inc.)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care
Free Keywords
psychiatric services; medications; mental health
  • Abstract

    The survey asks people who have undergone long-term psychiatric treatment about their decision to discontinue psychiatric medications, whether or not they did. Participants include those who have attempted to discontinue the use of one or two psychiatric medications in the past 5 years. Medications must have been taken for at least 9 months. The survey asked questions about diagnosis, treatment history, reasons for discontinuing medications, withdrawal effects, coping skills and self care, social supports, and relationships with prescribing health professional and other treatment providers. The survey also gathered information on demographics, general wellness, and medical and psychiatric history. Data were collected in June 2016 using an internet survey on a sample of 250 adults (aged 18+) with a lifetime psychiatric diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, schizophreniform disorder, psychosis not otherwise specified (NOS), bipolar disorder I, bipolar disorder II, bipolar disorder NOS, or major depressive disorder. The sample was recruited by sending recruitment flyers and social media announcements to electronic mailing lists, mental health agencies, university-based counseling and wellness centers, advocacy organizations, former and current service users and service providers across the United States.
  • Technical Information

    Response Rates: A total of 742 participants accessed the survey; 738 participants consented to participate. Of these, 282 (38.2%) met the inclusion criteria. Thirty participants (10.6%) dropped out and two reported on a non-eligible medication, leaving a total sample of 250 (overall response rate = 33.9%).
  • Technical Information

    Presence of Common Scales: Several Likert-type scales were used.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2016-06-01 / 2016-07-04
    Time Period: Wed Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016--Mon Jul 04 00:00:00 EDT 2016
  • 2016-06-01 / 2016-07-04
    Collection Date(s): Wed Jun 01 00:00:00 EDT 2016--Mon Jul 04 00:00:00 EDT 2016
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The target population was individuals aged 18 and over who had taken psychiatric medication for more than nine months and had discontinued or attempted to discontinue medication within the past five years.
 Non-probability purposive sample
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey~~

  • Cites
    DOI: 10.1176/ (Text)
  • Ostrow, Laysha, Lauren Jessell, Manton Hurd, Sabrina M. Darrow, and David Cohen. “Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: A Survey of Long-Term Users.” Psychiatric Services 68, no. 12 (December 2017): 1232–38.
    • ID: 10.1176/ (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2019-05-14 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-05-14

Ostrow, Laysha (2019): Psychiatric Medication Discontinuation and Reduction. Version: 1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.