The Burden of Treatment among Adults with Mental Illness in Igboland: A Qualitative Exploration

Ebere Ellison Obisike


The burden of treatment among adults with mental illness is a rarely discussed issue in health and social care professions because most healthcare research focuses on the cost of mental health disorders. Considering that it impacts one's capacity to follow the prescribed medical regimen, health and social care stakeholders must understand the importance of the burden of treatment on the provision of quality health and social care and the patient's overall well-being. Thus, this exploratory qualitative report examined the treatment burden among adults with mental illness in Igboland. This investigation revealed five core categories of treatment challenges and five main personal capacities that may influence the treatment burden among adults with mental illness using "Cumulative-complexity Model." This study shows that the treatment burden among adults with mental illness in Igboland is predominately the outcome of failed health and socio-economic policies at the local, state, and national levels of governments.

Keywords: Igboland; Mental health disorders; Treatment burden; Socio-economic policies

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