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Epidemiological, Research, and Methodological Considerations 

Epidemiological, Research, and Methodological Considerations
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date: 20 October 2020

Chapter 49 reviews and clarifies what is known and not known about the actual prevalence of psychotropic medication prescribing and use, and reviews the actual changes in prescribing practices that have taken place in the last decade, how these changes have varied across various patient demographic groups (e.g., age, gender, ethnicity) and professional disciplines (e.g., primary care vs. specialty mental health providers), discusses current prescribing rates across the various classes of medication, as well as medication combinations (so-called polypharmacy), describes what is known about the appropriateness of medication prescribing practices, not just in terms of under- and overprescribing, but also “inadequate” prescribing, and the implications of these findings for future research and policy initiatives.

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