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Use of psychotropic medication among psychiatric out-patients with personality disorder

  • Elena Baker-Glenn (a1), Mark Steels (a1) and Chris Evans (a2)
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Aims and method

This survey was conducted to ascertain the use of psychotropic medication in the treatment of patients with a primary diagnosis of personality disorder within a community mental health team. A sample of 113 patients were identified, their notes were reviewed, and details of current medications and diagnoses recorded.

Results

Four-fifths of patients were prescribed at least one psychotropic medication. The most commonly prescribed medication class was antidepressant, comprising almost half of prescriptions. The total annual cost across 107 patients was £37 000.

Clinical implications

Medication is commonly prescribed to people with personality disorder but more needs to be known about why prescriptions are started and stopped, what the benefits are, and how these are judged by patients and care teams.

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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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Elena Baker-Glenn (elenabakerglenn@yahoo.co.uk)
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See invited commentary, pp. 86–88, this issue

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Use of psychotropic medication among psychiatric out-patients with personality disorder

  • Elena Baker-Glenn (a1), Mark Steels (a1) and Chris Evans (a2)
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