There have been several surveys of prescribing for psychiatric patients (Muijen & Silverstone, 1987; Johnson & Wright, 1990) indicating inappropriate prescribing and a tendency towards polypharmacy. Most studies have looked at prescriptions for psychiatric patients in all settings (out-patients, day-patients and in-patients) in conglomeration rather than just out-patients. Out-patients experience a comparatively lesser degree of supervision (hence a greater risk of non-compliance) and have other opportunities to acquire prescriptions (e.g. through general practice). With this in view a pilot study to observe prescribing pattern in a follow-up clinic was performed.
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