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General practitioners' attitudes on who should manage metabolic dysregulations associated with antipsychotics

  • Emma Bainbridge (a1), Anne Gallagher (a1), Gary McDonald (a2), Colm McDonald (a2) and Mohamed Ahmed (a2)...
Abstract
Aims and method

To assess attitudes of general practitioners (GPs) on who should be responsible for managing metabolic dysregulations associated with the use of antipsychotics prescribed by psychiatrists. A total of 121 GPs in West Galway catchment area were surveyed using a simple questionnaire.

Results

A total of 104 GPs responded (86% response rate). The vast majority of responders (82%) believed that medical management should be provided within primary care. However, 46% indicated that initial screening and simple non-pharmacological management should be provided by mental health services.

Clinical implications

The vast majority of GPs appear willing to take over the medical management of metabolic dysregulations emerging from antipsychotic prescribing in secondary care. Clearly defined roles for mental health services and primary care in the management of metabolic complications are of paramount importance, and individual mental health services should implement protocols for screening, non-pharmacological management and referral to primary care.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Mohamed Ahmed (mohamed.ahmed@nuigalway.ie)
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General practitioners' attitudes on who should manage metabolic dysregulations associated with antipsychotics

  • Emma Bainbridge (a1), Anne Gallagher (a1), Gary McDonald (a2), Colm McDonald (a2) and Mohamed Ahmed (a2)...
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