Ethnicity and quality of antipsychotic prescribing among in-patients in south London

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Ethnicity may influence treatment decisions in mental disorders. We undertook a survey of the prescribing of antipsychotics for in-patients in three south London mental health trusts. A total of 255 patients (152 White, 103 Black) were included. Median dose of antipsychotic (% of licensed dose) was 58.3% for White and 50.0% for Black patients (adjusted effect size=0.14, 95% CI -0.34 to 0.63). High-dose antipsychotics were prescribed to 15.1% of White and 11.7% of Black patients (adjusted odds ratio (OR)=0.5, 95% CI 0.19-1.33), and antipsychotic polypharmacy was recorded for 25.7% and 31.1% respectively (adjusted OR=3.05, 95% CI 1.44-6.46). Prescribing quality was similar for Black and White patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-2
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008


  • Adult
  • African Continental Ancestry Group
  • Antipsychotic Agents
  • European Continental Ancestry Group
  • Female
  • Humans
  • London
  • Male
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Quality of Health Care
  • Regression Analysis


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