Guidance on the Use of Antidepressants for Depression in Young People: A Survey of the Views of Consultants in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
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Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 79–85, May 2011
How to Cite
Haw, C., James, A. and Gralton, E. (2011), Guidance on the Use of Antidepressants for Depression in Young People: A Survey of the Views of Consultants in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16: 79–85. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00580.x
- Issue published online: 12 APR 2011
- Article first published online: 6 OCT 2010
- major depression;
- young people
Background: The Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) and National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have issued guidance on antidepressant use in depression in young people.
Method: An anonymous survey was sent to 692 UK consultants in child and adolescent psychiatry; the response rate was 70.1%.
Results: Almost all (95.1%) respondents said fluoxetine was their antidepressant of first choice (29.9% only prescribed fluoxetine), although use of sertraline and citalopram was common. The CSM advice had resulted in 68.4% switching to fluoxetine only, or mostly.
Conclusions: Clinicians appear to be adhering national guidance. Guidance needs to be regularly updated to reflect current evidence.