Objective: Prescription and drug utilization play a central role in many psychiatric interventions. The aim of our study was to investigate the variables involved in the gender differences in psychotropic drug prescriptions. Methods: The Authors reviewed the more recent literature in order to identify the main factors involved in psychotropic prescriptions in relation to the sex of patients affected by psychiatric disorders. Results: The females seemed more likely to receive a psychotropic prescription compared to males, presumably because of their social role, a better acceptance of the illness, and higher utilization of services. Great variability in drug prescription was found among psychiatric services. Conclusions: Physicians should take into account gender differences in prescribing psychotropic drugs for patients, according to evidence-based medicine guidelines.

Pattern prescrittivi degli psicofarmaci: differenze tra sessi

CASACCHIA M.;RONCONE, RITA
1999

Abstract

Objective: Prescription and drug utilization play a central role in many psychiatric interventions. The aim of our study was to investigate the variables involved in the gender differences in psychotropic drug prescriptions. Methods: The Authors reviewed the more recent literature in order to identify the main factors involved in psychotropic prescriptions in relation to the sex of patients affected by psychiatric disorders. Results: The females seemed more likely to receive a psychotropic prescription compared to males, presumably because of their social role, a better acceptance of the illness, and higher utilization of services. Great variability in drug prescription was found among psychiatric services. Conclusions: Physicians should take into account gender differences in prescribing psychotropic drugs for patients, according to evidence-based medicine guidelines.
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