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Psychotropic medication and ethnicity: an inpatient survey.

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Section of Epidemiology and General Practice, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK.


A survey of the catchment area psychiatric inpatient population of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals showed that more black (Afro Caribbean) than non-black (white British) patients received anti-psychotic medication. This finding ceased to be significant after adjustment for diagnosis because a larger proportion of black than non black patients received a diagnosis of schizophrenia. However, after adjustment for diagnosis, black patients were significantly more likely to be receiving depot anti-psychotic medication, to be detained under a section and to have been involved in a violent incident during the present admission. There were no significant ethnic differences in total dose equivalents of anti-psychotic medication but doses of the depot form were significantly higher for black patients.

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