Polypharmacy and Excessive Dosing

Researchers in Japan investigated 139 patients with schizophrenia diagnoses due to be discharged from 19 acute psychiatric units in Japanese hospitals. Polypharmacy and excessive dosing were observed in 96 cases. Logistic regression analysis revealed that the use of multiple medications and excessive dosing were invluenced by the psychiatrists’ scepticism towards the use of algorithms, nurses’ requests for more drugs and the patient’s clinical condition.

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