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Measuring Prescribing Practices in a State Mental Hospital System
Klaus Hartmann; James Allison; Paula Hartig
Psychiatric Services 1979; doi:
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Nebraska Department of Public Institutions Lincoln, Nebraska

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To determine the degree to which Nebraska's three state mental hospitals complied with recognized guidelines for prescription of psychotropic medications, a study was made of 1326 drug orders issued over a five-year period. The prescribing practices in the hospital were then reviewed in relation to the guidelines in areas of polypharmacy, daily dose frequency, time of day, use of p.r.n. orders, drug form, dosages for children and the elderly, dosages during acute and stabilized stages of illness, and brand versus generic names. The study highlighted areas of progress in drug use practices and identified areas for improvement.

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