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Title: Psychotropic drugs prescriptions in Al-Qassim Region, Saudi Arabia
Authors: Al Ghamdy, Y.S.
Qureshi, N.A.
Abdel Ghadir, M.H.
Al Habeeb, T.A.
Ahmad, S.A.
Issue Date: 1999
Language: English
Abstract: Psychotropic drugs prescriptions for patients attending psychiatric outpatient clinics were studied. Of the 52,168 prescriptions written in 1996, 18,265 were systematically, randomly selected and evaluated. Incomplete prescriptions were found; the data missing included duration of treatment [18.75%], sex [9.25%], age [8.75%] and diagnosis [7.50%]. Antipsychotics [33.1%], antidepressants [23.2%], anticholinergics [22.0%] and anticonvulsants [12.9%] were the most frequently prescribed drugs. Polypharmacy [85%] was the predominant mode of practice. The most common diagnoses were mood [23.1%], anxiety [17.7%] and schizophrenic [16.2%] disorders. Medical education and quality monitoring programmes are suggested to improve the quality of psychotropic prescriptions and modify multiple pharmacotherapy practice
Description: 27-34
Keywords: Drug Utilization Review
Hospitals, Psychiatric
Mental Disorders
Outpatient Clinics, Hospital
Physician's Practice Patterns
Prescriptions, Drug
Quality Assurance, Health Care
Subject: Psychotropic Drugs
ISSN: 1020-3397
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