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dc.contributor.authorWheeler, A
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T11:49:16Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T11:49:16Z
dc.date.issued2006
dc.date.modified2011-08-02T08:26:44Z
dc.identifier.issn1175-8716
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/39670
dc.description.abstractAim To outline the prescribing patterns of atypical antipsychotics for adult mental health outpatients in Auckland and Northland in 2004. Methods All community files were reviewed retrospectively (n=6165). Patient characteristics, diagnosis, and antipsychotic and concurrent medication were recorded and analysed. Results Overall, 71.3% of outpatients were prescribed an antipsychotic, of which 82.5% were atypicals: oral risperidone (30.9%), olanzapine (30.3%), quetiapine (17.1%), clozapine (26.3%), and depot risperidone (0.4%). Psychotic disorders accounted for 73.2% of outpatients on atypicals, and schizophrenia was the most common disorder overall (62.5%). Combination antipsychotic treatment occurred in 13.5% of those prescribed atypicals; 4.8% had another atypical and 8.7% had a typical co-prescribed. Clozapine was least likely to be combined with a typical antipsychotic. Those receiving combination typical and atypical antipsychotics had a greater likelihood of being prescribed an anticholinergic medication. Conclusions Atypical antipsychotics are the preferred treatment for outpatients with psychotic illness and are being prescribed in a manner consistent with clinical practice guidelines. Co-prescribing of antipsychotics was low, but may be causing unnecessary adverse effects and risks.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
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dc.languageeng
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherNew Zealand Medical Association
dc.publisher.placeNew Zealand
dc.publisher.urihttp://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1237/2055/
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto9
dc.relation.ispartofissue1237
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNew Zealand Medical Journal
dc.relation.ispartofvolume119
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMedical and Health Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode119999
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode11
dc.titleAtypical antipsychotic use for adult outpatients in New Zealand’s Auckland and Northland regions
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.date.issued2006
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gro.griffith.authorWheeler, Amanda


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