Psychoactive drug prescribing by Dutch child and adolescent psychiatrists

Jacqueline G. Hugtenburg*, Eibert R. Heerdink, Yung Hwo Tso

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Aim: To gain more insight into the prescribing of psychoactive drugs by Dutch child psychiatrists. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to all child psychiatrists in the Netherlands. Questions were asked about the prescribing of antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics and psychostimulants for psychiatric disorders in children. Results: The preference of specific antidepressants, antipsychotics and anxiolytics depends on the disorder. For different disorders, off-label prescribing varies from 19 to 71%. Conclusion: Preferences differ widely. Off-label drug prescribing is high. More studies on the efficacy and safety of psychoactive drugs in children are therefore required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1484-1487
Number of pages4
JournalActa Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2005

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