Antipsychotic prescribing Trends (in New Zealand)

Seems like doctors in New Zealand (and likely many other countries) are too frequently using multiple antipsychotic medications on people, and not enough Clozapine.

RESULTS:

There was a high rate (33.7%) of multiple antipsychotic prescription, and lower than expected clozapine use (20%);

Compulsory treatment was associated with more use of injectable medication and increased length of stay in hospital. Clinician characteristics did not significantly influence prescribing.

CONCLUSIONS:

Observed prescribing practice aligned with existing guidelines except for antipsychotic polypharmacy and clozapine under-utilisation.

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