Developing Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Medication Management of Acute Behavioural Disturbance
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This paper describes the development process of a concise, portable clinical practice guideline for the medication management of acute behavioural disturbance in adult psychiatric inpatients in Auckland, New Zealand. It was developed to aid psychiatry registrars and is a decision aid only. A literature search identified evidence-based reviews and guidelines implemented elsewhere. This formed the basis for development of a locally relevant tool, finalised for implementation by a process of consensus agreement. This clinical practice guideline was developed collaboratively over 2 years in response to local need. Development was requested by junior medical staff and actively supported by clinical leaders. The guideline resulted from a review of the evidence for medication management of acute behavioural disturbance and adaptation of the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance in combination with local consensus agreement.
Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research
Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences not elsewhere classified