Prescribing practices of community child and adolescent psychiatrists

U Doerry, Lindsey Kent

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Abstract

AIMS AND METHOD
A questionnaire was sent to all 55 community child and adolescent psychiatrists working in the West Midlands to examine the prescribing practices of community child psychiatrists, because most previous studies have included prescribing data from specialist (tier 4) services.

RESULTS
The survey had a good response rate (87%). The vast majority of child psychiatrists were prescribing stimulants and antidepressants, and over half were prescribing antipsychotics and melatonin. At least half of the consultants would consider prescribing an antipsychotic for the treatment of aggressive behaviour. One-third of consultants cited pressure on services as a reason for prescribing medication.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS
Community child psychiatrists were prescribing more medication than expected, which may have a considerable impact on referral rates to adult services in the future. It is concerning that the increased use of medication may be a reflection of pressure on services.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)407-410
JournalPsychiatric Bulletin
Volume27
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2003

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