The Texas Medication Algorithm Project: development and implementation of the schizophrenia algorithm.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The Texas Medication Algorithm Project is a program designed to improve the quality of care of persons with serious mental disorders across sites in the Texas public mental health system and to create a uniform clinical environment from which cost estimates can be made. This paper describes the process of developing a pharmacological treatment algorithm for schizophrenia that addresses use of antipsychotics as well as other medications for side effects and co-existing symptoms. Input from clinicians, consultants, and consumers informed development of the algorithm, which was based on existing expert consensus guidelines. Information about the project can be found on the Internet at The authors present and describe the original and current versions of the algorithm, outline the feedback process by which it will be refined, and discuss how new medications will be incorporated as they enter the market.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chiles, JA; Miller, AL; Crismon, ML; Rush, AJ; Krasnoff, AS; Shon, SS

Published Date

  • January 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 69 - 74

PubMed ID

  • 9890582

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1075-2730

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ps.50.1.69


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States