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High Rates of Polypharmacy Found Among Adults With Intellectual Disability Seeking Psychiatric Care

By the time adults with intellectual disability sought specialized psychiatric outpatient services in a Canadian clinic, 70% had already been prescribed one psychotropic medication, and 22% had received three or more psychotropic medications, according to a study in Psychiatric Services in Advance. The findings underscore the importance of educating non-specialist providers about prescribing guidelines for this patient population.“Understanding the demographic, organizational, and clinical characteristics that place individuals at greater risk of polypharmacy may help in the design of future intervention efforts,” wrote lead author Yona Lunsky, Ph.D., a professor in...

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Published By: Psychiatric News - Monday, 6 November

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