Treatment Adherence is as important as the air a
mentally-ill person breathes, and it’s a long term issue
while religious practices is a factor that may influence
either positively or negatively.
To determine the influences of religious practices
on treatment adherence among the mentally-ill
attending the out-patient clinic of a Neuropsychiatric
Both quantitative (cross sectional survey) and
qualitative (focus group discussion) designs was utilized
for the study. The target populations for the study were
the patients attending the out-patient clinic of
Neuropsychiatric hospital, Abeokuta. The sample
included 167 participants that answered the
questionnaires and four focus group discussions
consisting of 40 participants. Simple random sampling
was used to select the participants.
The overall treatment adherent level reveals that
majority of the respondents where adherent (63.7%),
6.6% were non adherent while 28.7% were neutral.
86.8% agreed that their religious practices do not
affect their treatment adherence but 13.2 said religious
practices influence their treatment adherence. Despite
the fact that 59.3% of the participants were
unemployed, the rate of treatment adherence was still
high among the respondents and 55.7% said side effect
of the drug do not affect their drug compliance.
The study concluded that the respondents were
adherent and that religious practice do not influence
their treatment adherence.
Keywords : Mentally-ill, Out-patient, Religious Practice, Treatment Adherence