An outpatient survey of antidepressant prescription habits

Geoffrey D. Schrader*, Andrew Gibbs, Robert G. Harcourt

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A review of case notes of patients attending a general hospital psychiatric outpatient clinic revealed that 75% of patients with depressive disorders and 38% of patients with neurotic disorders were prescribed antidepressants. Antidepressants were often prescribed for long periods in low doses and in combination with benzodiazepines. There was less polypharmacy, however, with more sedating antidepressants. The results indicate that clinical prescription habits for antidepressants may still be at some variance with recommendations from the literature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-491
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


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