Psychotropic Medications Prescribing Patterns for Children and Adolescents in New York's Public Mental Health System

Context: Breakthroughs in the development of effective medications for a number of psychiatric disorders have led to increased use of these compounds in the treatment of children

John S. Lyons; James C. MacIntyre; Michael E. Lee; Sharon Carpinello; Michael P. Zuber; Marcia L. Fazio

2004

Scholarcy highlights

  • Context: Breakthroughs in the development of effective medications for a number of psychiatric disorders have led to increased use of these compounds in the treatment of children
  • To understand the use of psychotropic medications in the treatment of children, a state-wide study was undertaken based on the data collected in a large planning study
  • Data and Setting: A stratified random sample of 10 different program types in New York State produced data on children served in different specialty mental health services
  • Participants: Randomly selected cases were reviewed at a randomly selected sites to generate a sample of 1592 cases on which data were collected on clinical presentation and service use, including psychotropic medication prescriptions
  • Psychotropic medication use is common in the children's public mental health service system in New York
  • The use of antipsychotic medications for other indications is a priority for further research

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