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February 1972

Decisions About Drug TherapyI. Prescriptions for Adult Psychiatric Outpatients

Author Affiliations

Galveston, Tex
From the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Tex.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1972;26(2):140-145. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1972.01750200044010

The drug prescription behavior of a group of psychiatric residents in the adult psychiatry outpatient clinic of a university hospital was studied. It was found that symptom profiles for patients treated with antipsychotic, antianxiety, and antidepressant drugs were systematically different. An objective classification procedure was developed to simulate the drug selection behavior of the psychiatric residents. Applications of the methods in clinical research were discussed. The feasibility of using the same methods in developing a model to simulate the decision behavior of a select group of experts is apparent.