Journal article

Single and combined psychotropic medication use in a child and adolescent mental health service

E Reed, A Vance, E Luk, K Nunn

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING ASIA | Published : 2004

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: An audit of the extent and effectiveness of medication prescribing in a metropolitan child and adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) is presented, given the lack of data about medication effectiveness in CAMHS. METHOD: The audit involved: (i) determining the rates of prescription of different medications, the symptoms, syndromes and diagnoses for which they were used, and the profession of the medication prescriber; and (ii) a semistructured interview of clinicians using combination pharmacotherapy enquiring about the rationale for its use and the outcomes obtained. RESULTS: Two hundred and thirty-five patients using medication were included in the study. A range of medications..

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