Antipsychotic prescribing: old wine in new bottles?
Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
© 2010 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2010 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 16, Issue 4, pages 218–221, November 2011
How to Cite
Imran, S., Datta, S. S., Vincent, E., Whitfield, J. and Clark, A. F. (2011), Antipsychotic prescribing: old wine in new bottles?. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16: 218–221. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2011.00610.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 15 JUN 2011
- Accepted for publication: 14 February 2011Published online: 15 June 2011
- psychiatric practice
Background: Recent research suggests first generation antipsychotic medications may be no less effective or tolerated than second generation antipsychotics.
Aims: To review prescribing practices in UK adolescent mental health settings.
Method: A review of literature and a postal survey (structured questionnaire) of clinicians in UK adolescent mental health settings (80 general and specialised in-patient units) were conducted.
Results: Second generation antipsychotics remain the drug of first choice for most UK clinicians (based on a survey response rate of 40%).
Conclusions: Guidelines for antipsychotic use in adolescents need updating. Clinicians who qualified in the last 10 years may need specific training and experience in use of first generation antipsychotics.