OPEN MINDS, The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst Cover Story New developments in the 1990's have led to a renewal of the psychiatric polypharmacy debate. Increasing fiscal pressures have transformed treatment practices, favoring outpatient medication management in preference to inpatient hospitalization. This, together with increasing rates of psychiatric illness being diagnosed in the population, have resulted in increasing utilization of medication. During the same era, new drugs have emerged – including a class not previously available, the atypical antipsychotics – bringing new possibilities to the polypharmacy issue. Could patients unresponsive . . .
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