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Table 4 Caregivers’ rating of perceived helpfulness/harmfulness for medications

From: Mental health literacy about schizophrenia and depression: a survey among Chinese caregivers of patients with mental disorder

Medications Schizophrenia (n = 200) Depression (n = 202)
Helpfulness Harmfulness Helpfulness Harmfulness
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Vitamins and minerals 81 (40.5) 14 (7.0) 95 (47.0) 15 (7.4)
Laxatives 28 (14.0) 80 (40.0) 22 (10.9) 105 (52.0)
Herbal medicines 72 (36.0) 32 (16.0) 75 (37.1) 29 (14.4)
Pain relievers 22 (11.0) 113 (56.5) 30 (14.9) 111 (55.0)
Antidepressants 157 (78.5) 18 (9.0) 163 (80.7) 20 (9.9)
Antibiotics 34 (17.0) 76 (38.0) 33 (16.3) 91 (45.0)
Sleeping pills 60 (30.0)** 95 (47.5) 87 (43.1) 72 (35.6)
Antipsychotics 164 (82.0)** 20 (10.0) 123 (60.9) 44 (21.8)
Tranquillizers 104 (52.0) 46 (23.0) 103 (51.0) 50 (24.8)
Anti-anxiety drugs 154 (77.0) 15 (7.5) 156 (77.2) 19 (9.4)
  1. *Difference between two vignettes p < 0.05; **Difference between two vignettes p < 0.01