PMID: 15356414Sep 10, 2004

The Atypical Antipsychotic Therapy and Metabolic Issues National Survey: practice patterns and knowledge of psychiatrists

Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
John W NewcomerAntony D Loebel


A nationwide survey in 2003 of 300 randomly selected psychiatrists who routinely treat schizophrenia with atypical antipsychotic therapy was conducted to ascertain practice patterns and attitudes regarding metabolic disturbances during atypical antipsychotic therapy with an emphasis on how these perceptions impact therapeutic decision making. Psychiatrists generally believe that some atypical antipsychotic drugs are associated with metabolic disturbances and that atypical antipsychotics differ in their risk for metabolic disturbances. A majority of respondents (82%) believed that patients with schizophrenia-even those not receiving atypical antipsychotic therapy-are at greater risk for metabolic abnormalities than the general population. A majority of respondents recognized weight gain and diabetes mellitus (59% and 51%, respectively) as potential metabolic complications of atypical antipsychotic therapy, while only some recognized dyslipidemia and certain acute metabolic decompensations like diabetic ketoacidosis (22% and 2%, respectively). Large minorities of respondents (48% and 43%) indicated a willingness to risk weight gain and/or diabetes for the benefits of atypical antipsychotics, possibly because metabolic issues were...Continue Reading


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