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Psychotropic Prescribing Patterns of Nonpsychiatric Residents in a General Hospital in 1973 and 1982
John J. Haggerty, Jr.; Dwight Landis Evans; Cheryl F. McCartney; David Raft
Psychiatric Services 1986; doi:
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The Department of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514

The Departments of Psychiatry and Medicine

The Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics-Gynecology at the School of Medicine

1986 American Psychiatric Association

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The findings of a study of the frequency and type of psychotropic drugs that nonpsychiatric residents prescribed for nonpsychiatric patients in a teaching hospital in 1982 were compared with the findings of a similar study in the same hospital nine years earlier. The overall percentage of patients receiving psychotropic drugs remained almost the same, at less than 10 percent. However, in 1982 residents prescribed antidepressants almost four times as often as in 1973, and the use of antianxiety agents decreased. Deficiencies in chart documentation of psychotropic prescribing and the tendency to use conservative dosages remained unchanged from the earlier study.

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