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Table 1 Percentage distribution of GP's (N = 100) and public attitudes (N = 791) towards statements about antipsychotic medication

From: Attitudes to antipsychotic drugs and their side effects: a comparison between general practitioners and the general population

  General Practitioners lay persons P
  disagree rather disagree undecided rather agree agree disagree rather disagree undecided rather agree agree  
1. Antipsychotic drug treatment is the most effective way to treat mental illness 7.1 4 33.3 29.3 26.3 9 17.7 37.1 26.5 9.7 ***
2. Antipsychotic drug treatment carries a high risk of dependency 45 35 12 3 5 3.7 14 27.8 33.6 20.9 ***
3. The benefits of antipsychotic drug treatment far outweighs the risk associated with it 1 0 13 36 50 2.9 12 40.1 32.9 12.1 ***
4. Treatment with antipsychotic drugs can only calm patients down 68.7 19.2 6 5.1 1 15.2 20 28.2 24.8 11.7 ***
5. In the long run antipsychotic drugs make one even more ill than before 69 23 7 0 1 15 29.7 29.3 17.2 8.8 ***
6. Mentally ill people are only tolerable for their relatives due to antipsychotic drug treatment 3 1 17.2 40.4 38.4 2.4 9 29.3 42.8 16.5 ***
7. Since the introduction of antipsychotic drugs, the duration of stay in psychiatric hospitals has become much shorter 0 0 0 24.2 75.8 2.6 9.9 22.7 45.6 19.2 ***
  1. *** = p < 0.001 approximate significance level