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David N. Osser, MD

David N. Osser, MD

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Dr David Osser offers compelling reasons why you might want to take a look at these 7 algorithms, each of which offers actionable consultations—usually in under 2 minutes.

Dr David Osser has chosen as one of the Top Papers of the Year a meta-analysis on second generation antipsychotics and the effects of these agents on patients with schizophrenia.

Dozens of guidelines and algorithms are available from a range of authoritative sources to guide selection of psychopharmacology.

The field of psychopharmacology is evolving rapidly. New research and medications appear, and practice changes. This book was up-to-date when it went to press; however, it does not include the most recent findings from the CATIE, STAR*D study, and CATIE-AD study. There is no mention of paliperidone, intramuscular aripiprazole, selegiline transdermal system, varenicline, or depot inject- able naltrexone. One wonders whether books are becoming obsolete as a medium for communicating the state of the art.

Recent issues of Psychiatric Times
had articles focusing on psychiatric
practice guidelines and algorithms.
Dr Michael Fauman examined
the extent to which they are used,
how they are used, and studies that have
validated their usefulness compared
with usual care.

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