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dc.contributor.authorMcNicholas, F
dc.contributor.authorOrakwue, N
dc.date.accessioned2014-02-20T14:50:16Z
dc.date.available2014-02-20T14:50:16Z
dc.date.issued2014-02
dc.identifier.citationMcNicolas, F and Orakwue, N "Safe and judicious paediatric psychotropic prescribing" Irish Medical Journal Feb 2014 Vol. 107 No. 2en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/313151
dc.description.abstractPsychotropic medications are now a well-established and evidenced based treatment for increasing number of child mental health disorders prescribed at increasing frequencies and by increasing number of professional groups. Cliniciansâ perceived levels of competence and standardised monitoring lag behind prescribing practice and should be addressed by regular continuous professional development. A study specific questionnaire on psychotropic prescribing practice in children was mailed to all child psychiatrists and paediatricians working in Ireland and GPs from a selected Dublin CAMHS catchment area. Of the 116 who replied, (39% response rate), antidepressants (58.7%), antipsychotics (57.1%) and ADHD medications (36.5%) were most commonly prescribed. Results suggest increasing trends of monitoring amongst Irish clinicians over time, but with some lack of specificity. Commensurate with the wish of clinicians, ongoing training in paediatric psychopharmacology is considered essential in order to benefit from the increasing advances in pharmacology.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
dc.titleSafe and judicious paediatric psychotropic prescribingen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish Medical Journal (IMJ)en_GB
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dc.description.provinceLeinsteren
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-23T11:44:29Z
html.description.abstractPsychotropic medications are now a well-established and evidenced based treatment for increasing number of child mental health disorders prescribed at increasing frequencies and by increasing number of professional groups. Cliniciansâ perceived levels of competence and standardised monitoring lag behind prescribing practice and should be addressed by regular continuous professional development. A study specific questionnaire on psychotropic prescribing practice in children was mailed to all child psychiatrists and paediatricians working in Ireland and GPs from a selected Dublin CAMHS catchment area. Of the 116 who replied, (39% response rate), antidepressants (58.7%), antipsychotics (57.1%) and ADHD medications (36.5%) were most commonly prescribed. Results suggest increasing trends of monitoring amongst Irish clinicians over time, but with some lack of specificity. Commensurate with the wish of clinicians, ongoing training in paediatric psychopharmacology is considered essential in order to benefit from the increasing advances in pharmacology.


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