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. 2008 Jun;5(2):105-9.

Cross-sectional Survey of Patients in Receipt of Long-Term Repeat Prescriptions for Antidepressant Drugs in Primary Care

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Cross-sectional Survey of Patients in Receipt of Long-Term Repeat Prescriptions for Antidepressant Drugs in Primary Care

Gillian Cruickshank et al. Ment Health Fam Med. .
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Abstract

This cross-sectional survey describes the clinical characteristics of 92 patients from across 12 general medical practices, in receipt of a long-term repeat prescription of an antidepressant for the treatment of depression. Psychiatric diagnoses were determined using the Schedule for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry. Fifty-three participants (57.6%) failed to meet criteria for any psychiatric diagnosis (95% confidence interval (CI): 47.5-67.7%). Independent clinical assessments based upon diagnoses and other clinical data indicated that 26 (31.0%) participants (95% CI: 28.9-49.7%) had no clear clinical reason for continued receipt of an antidepressant. Reasons for the continued use of antidepressants in this population require further investigation.

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