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Identifying Significant Antipsychotic-Related Side Effects in Patients on a Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit-A Feasibility Study of The Glasgow Antipsychotic Side-Effect Scale (GASS)

  • Open or Close Ahmed Saeed Yahya*

    Camden Islington NHS trust, UK

    *Corresponding author: Ahmed Saeed Yahya, Matthew Allin BA Research Centre, Camden Islington NHS trust, London, United Kingdom

Submission: May 07, 2018; Published: November 01, 2018

DOI: 10.31031/EPMR.2018.02.000529

ISSN: 2637-7934
Volume2 Issue1


Antipsychotic side-effects are common and are an important determinant of non-adherence and consequent relapse. Most rating scales for the identification of these are lengthy and complicated. This report reviews the medical literature on the Glasgow antipsychotic side-effect scale (GASS)-a brief and validated rating scale to measure the unwanted effects of antipsychotics. We administered the GASS to fourteen in-patients in a United Kingdombased Community Psychiatric Rehabilitation Unit. The objective was to establish the utility of the GASS in this setting and to make recommendations on how this tool could be used in clinical practice to improve adherence to antipsychotic medication.

Keywords: GASS; Psychiatric; Community rehabilitation; Anti psychotics

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