Restrictions on Psychiatric Medications
to various resources describing state and federal policies
that may restrict access to psychiatric medications through
Medicaid and Medicare.
(Clinical Antipsychotic Trials of Intervention Effectiveness
Phase I Findings
the New England Journal of Medicine, 2005 - overview of major
"phase I" findings and links to editorials
- Phase II Findings
synopsis of phase II findings, from April 2006, with links
to questions and answers about how to interpret them
Cost Effectiveness Study
release from the NIMH describing the cost-effectiveness study
from the CATIE trail (published 12/06) which suggests that
first generation antipsychotics may still have an important
role in treating schizophrenia
Perspective on results of CATIE cost effectiveness publication
not to over interpret the cost-effectiveness data towards
limiting treatment options, and that more choices are needed
in the treatment of schizophrenia
Medication Management Approaches in Psychiatry
Information about the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) specifically
involving the systematic use of medications as a part of the
treatment for schizophrenia.
Medication Algorithm Project
of information here about the largest and most influential
medication algorithm project to date. Includes
the the actual algorithms and manuals for schizophrenia, major
depression and bipolar disorder. Also links to useful
patient and family educational materials.
one of the Harvard-affiliated psychiatric residency programs,
a variety of resources on using medication algorithms. Several
interesting aspects here, including a recent compilation of
all of the published medication algorithms for mental illnesses.
Group Medical Appointments
power point presentation on this topic, from one of the original
"gurus" of the group medical appointment model.
Medical Visits in Endocrinology
very useful presentation from another of the "guru's"
in this area, presenting the essentials, as well as some consumer
satisfaction data. (ppt.)
for urological patients
abstract showing that a drop in group medical appointments
(DIGMA) model has been successfully used in patients with
urological problems, despite the "sensitive" nature
of the issues discussed.
on the "medications" section on the left hand column;
this will allow you to choose from virtually all the psychoactive
medications that are available and get clinical as well as
research information on them. A very useful site for
consumers as well as providers.
very extensive review of the academic literature regarding
all different classes of psychoactive meds - targeted to health
Approved Medications for Psychiatric Disorders
good reference including FDA indications and initial approval
and Answers about the CATIE study
the NIMH; issues about this unique study - prior to release
of 1st published results in late September 2005
Guidelines for Schizophrenia - APA
very extensive document (120pages) from the American Psychiatric
Association targeted to psychiatrists. Recently updated
Reference Guide" for treating schizophrenia - APA
brief synthesis of the above, including a crude algorithm
- targeted to clinicians.
Guidelines from the APA
index page for all of the guidelines developed by the American
Psychiatric Association, as well as Quick Reference Guides.
Mainly targeted to clinicians, but also has some information
developed for patients and families.