Psychiatric Issues in Emergency Care Settings Vol 28 No 2

PRESCRIBING PSYCHOTROPICS AT PES DISCHARGE Ernst CL, Bird SA, Goldberg JF, Ghaemi SN. The prescription of psychotropic medications for patients discharged from a psychiatric emergency service. J Clin Psychiatry . 2006;67:720-726.

March 01, 2007

Considerable debate exists about the value and wisdom of initiating "definitive" pharmacotherapies, particularly antidepressants, in the psychiatric emergency setting. In this article, the nature and prevalence of medication prescriptions for patients discharged from an urban psychiatric emergency service (PES) and the extent to which pharmacotherapy initiation was predictive of patient follow-through with aftercare were evaluated.