Journal article

Prolactin ordering patterns in psychiatric inpatients and the impact this has on patient management

Annabel S Jones, Shoshana Sztal-Mazer, Ilan Rauchberger, Peter Shane Hamblin

Australasian Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2020


OBJECTIVE: Guidelines stipulate that baseline prolactin be ordered prior to commencing antipsychotic treatment to facilitate investigation of any subsequent hyperprolactinaemic symptoms. The aim was to observe when and why prolactin levels are ordered for psychiatry inpatients commencing or continuing antipsychotics and how this alters clinical management. METHODS: Psychiatry inpatients admitted to the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, in 2018 with the diagnoses of psychosis, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder or bipolar affective disorder were retrospectively analysed. Results and clinical history data were collected in patients in whom prolactin was ordered during or within 12 m..

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