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Presented at the 17th Annual Research Conference

Issues for Pediatricians Who Prescribe Psychoactive Medications: Training, Experience, Needs, Implications

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Session Number: 9 Room: Salon B

Presenting: Jennifer Taub; Matthew Johnsen; Christina Breault

All Authors for this paper: Jennifer Taub; Matthew Johnsen; Christina Breault

Presentation Type: paper presentation

Synopsis: In recent years, there has been a marked increase in prescriptions for psychotropic medications written for children and adolescents. Research has shown that a large proportion of those prescriptions are being written by pediatricians, and that most pediatricians report prescribing psychoactive medications to their young patients. This study reports on in-depth interviews with 23 pediatricians regarding their training, experiences, and concerns with prescribing psychoactive medications. For many childhood psychiatric issues, there were reported gaps between training and comfort with diagnosing and prescribing, and the rates at which they actually prescribe. Concerns regarding referrals and access to psychiatric care will also be discussed.

Date: Monday, March 1, 2004

Session Time: 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Presentation Time: 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM