Cross-sectional surveys of prescription patterns of psychotropic drugs provide a quick, global estimation of the appropriateness of psychopharmacotherapy.
Recurrent inadequacies in prescribing for psychiatric patients include polypharmacy, high doses of antipsychotics (APS), the use of multiple APS simultaneously, and the administration of these drugs in nniltiple divided doses.
Faulty prescribing patterns are difficult to amend.
Following a survey in a rehabilitation facility for chronic psychiatric patients, a systematic education program and other measures were introduced to improve prescribing habits.
Two years later the survey was repeated.
Significant improvements were detected in the following areas : reductions in the doses of APS and antiparkinsonian (AP) drugs, reductions in the number of patients placed on these drugs, and reductions in the percentage of patients receiving multiple antipsychotics simultaneously.
Despite these reductions in doses of psychotropic agents, patients'rehabilitative potential was not compromised.
Mots-clés Pascal : Schizophrénie, Prescription médicale, Chimiothérapie, Neuroleptique, Psychotrope, Traitement entretien, Enquête, Changement, Pratique professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Etude longitudinale, Homme, Psychose
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Schizophrenia, Medical prescription, Chemotherapy, Neuroleptic, Psychotropic, Maintenance treatment, Survey, Change, Professional practice, Health staff, Follow up study, Human, Psychosis
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0004898
Code Inist : 002B02B03. Création : 17/04/1998.