Medical Decision Making in Antipsychotic Drug Choice for Schizophrenia

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Abstract

Objective

The influence of patient and physician variables on antipsychotic drug choice for patients with schizophrenia was assessed.

Method

Interviews with 100 psychiatrists on drug choice for 200 patients suffering from schizophrenia were conducted. Data were analyzed by using multiple logistic regression.

Results

Older physicians were up to five times more likely to prescribe first-generation antipsychotics. Patient variables did not influence treatment decisions significantly.

Conclusions

There is an urgent need for more research on clinical decision making and quality management.

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