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Use of high dose antipsychotic medication

  • Graeme Yorston (a1) and Alison Pinney (a2)
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An audit of antipsychotic prescribing was carried out on community and in-patient samples. A novel method of expressing total daily antipsychotic dose as a percentage of the British National Formulary maximum recommended dose was used. Of 226 patients who had been prescribed antipsychotics, 16 (7%) were found to be on high closes. Their medical notes were examined to ascertain whether the Royal College of Psychiatrists guidelines were being followed. Recommendations on ways in which practice could be improved were made and a re-audit was carried out. The number of patients receiving high doses fell to 6 (3%) out of 206.

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Use of high dose antipsychotic medication

  • Graeme Yorston (a1) and Alison Pinney (a2)
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