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Can J Psychiatry. 2010 Jan;55(1):50-6.

Does clozapine promote employability and reduce offending among mentally disordered offenders?

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  • 1Institute of Cognitive Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare employment pay, count of infractions, and clinical symptoms in psychiatric inmates treated with clozapine or other antipsychotics after 6 months of treatment.

METHODS:

Clinical charts and institutional offence records of psychiatric inmates (n = 98), comprised of those on clozapine (n = 65) and on other antipsychotics (n = 33), were reviewed at baseline and after 6 months of treatment. The outcome measures used were Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS) scores, employment pay, medication compliance, and the frequency of institutional offences. A binary logistic regression model was used to analyze a categorical change in pay variable, while a negative binomial model was used to analyze the frequency of infractions.

RESULTS:

Treatment with clozapine was associated with greater odds of a pay increase (OR = 3.13; 95% CI 1.3 to 7.53, P = 0.01). However, patients on other antipsychotics had a more favourable improvement in BPRS (F = 5.44, df = 1,57, P = 0.02). Patients on other antipsychotics also had a higher count of posttreatment offences (Incidence Rate Ratio = 2.22; 95% CI 1.11 to 4.41, P = 0.02).

CONCLUSION:

Clozapine probably has a favourable effect on inmate behaviour and institutional adjustment. This effect can last up to 36 months after the initial dose.

PMID:
20113544
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