Psychotropic drugs on general medical and surgical wards of a teaching hospital.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We examined the prescribing habits for psychotropic drugs of internists, surgeons, and gynecologists on their inpatient wards in a teaching hospital. Data were gathered from patients' charts and pharmacy records. In a six-week period, 9% of all admissions received such a drug. The male:female ratio and black:white ratios were studied; the maximum incidence of receiving these medications was in the 50- to 60-year age group. Minor tranquilizers were prescribed most frequently, followed, respectively, by major tranquilizers, barbiturates, and antidepressants. Less than half the available drugs were used, but drugs of differernt groups were often used interchangeably in an unsystematic fashion, and there was little evidence as to how effective a drug had been. It also seemed that depression was often overlooked or insufficiently treated.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, JR; Raft, D; Lewis, BF; Gebhardt, M

Published Date

  • April 1, 1975

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 507 - 511

PubMed ID

  • 235247

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-990X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1001/archpsyc.1975.01760220119012


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States