Assesses whether children/adolescents without an indication for antipsychotic medication use had documentation of psychosocial care as first-line treatment before being prescribed an antipsychotic medication.
Why It Matters
Antipsychotic medications may be effective treatment for a narrowly defined set of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. However, they are often prescribed for nonpsychotic conditions for which psychosocial interventions are considered first-line treatment.1 Safer first-line psychosocial interventions may be underutilized. Children and adolescents may unnecessarily incur the risks associated with antipsychotic medications.
Use of First-line Psychosocial Care for Children and Adolescents in Antipsychotics
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- Olfson, M., C. Blanco, L. Liu, C. Moreno, G. Laje. 2006. “National Trends in the Outpatient Treatment of Children and Adolescents with Antipsychotic Drugs.” Archives of General Psychiatry 63(6):679–85.