Despite American Diabetes Association and APA recommendations of glucose and lipid testing for all patients started on antipsychotics, there is a disconnect between prescribing of antipsychotics and metabolic screening with most psychiatrists and physicians agreeing that psychiatrists should not treat metabolic problems, according to a study presented Monday at the APA convention in Philadelphia.
Baseline Lipid Monitoring with Antipsychotics “Disappointingly Low” (MadinAmerica.com)
Rates of Metabolic Screening Remain Low in Children Taking Antipsychotics (Medscape Today)
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I could never imagine this working at all. If psychiatrist just refer the patient to a family doctor for metabolic screening and treatment, but doesn’t allow the family doctor to remove the causative agent, and then society refers the patient back to psychiatrists for mental health treatment… So many are going to die. Well, at least the psychiatrists get their usual comfort in knowing that they wont have to see or know about it. This is why all that they do are 5 minute med checks. Ask most psychiatrists how things are going and how they think their patients are going and they’ll say “Great!” with a look on their face as if they’re saving the world. Head in the sand.