The lived experience of using psychiatric medication in the recovery process and a shared decision-making program to support it

Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2007 Summer;31(1):62-9. doi: 10.2975/31.1.2007.62.69.


Decision making related to the use of psychiatric medication in the recovery process is complex. This paper describes some of the challenges involved in making decisions about using psychiatric medications. It also details an innovative intervention to support shared decision making in psychiatry. The program includes a peer-run decision support center and a software program to support the activation of medical staff and clients in shared decision making.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Decision Making*
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Patient Compliance / psychology*
  • Patient Participation / methods*
  • Patient Participation / psychology*
  • Peer Group
  • Physician-Patient Relations
  • Schizophrenia / drug therapy
  • Schizophrenia / rehabilitation*
  • Self-Help Groups
  • Social Support
  • Software