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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2008 Jan;42(1):38-44.

Preliminary findings from the National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy.

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Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Level 1, Old Baker Building, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Vic, Australia 3004. jayashri.kulkarni@med.monash.edu.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Following the presentation of a case study and an overview of current data highlighting the need for further research into the use of antipsychotic medication during pregnancy, the aim of the present paper was to outline the establishment of, and present preliminary data from, the National Register of Antipsychotic Medication in Pregnancy (NRAMP).

METHOD:

Australian women with a history of psychosis, including schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder with psychosis, schizoaffective disorder and first-episode psychosis, who are pregnant, are currently being invited to participate. The confluence of speculated national pregnancy rates and epidemiological data regarding child-bearing-age women with psychosis suggested an enrollment target of 100 women over a 24 month period. Details of antipsychotic medication are recorded throughout the pregnancy and for 1 year postnatally. Interviews with the mother are conducted 6 weekly antenatally, and then at 6 and 12 weeks, and 6 and 12 months postnatally, to assess symptoms of psychosis and depression, and attitudes towards parenting. In addition, consultations are conducted with the women's health-care providers to collate information regarding pharmacology and related side-effects, obstetric outcomes, psychiatric diagnoses and symptoms during pregnancy and for 1 year after delivery, and the provision of details on the baby's health and well-being.

RESULTS:

NRAMP was launched in 2005. Ethics approvals have been gained at 14 sites nationally. Thirty women have consented, and 11 have completed. Data including demographics, health-care provision and medication for the first 30 participants are presented.

CONCLUSIONS:

The establishment of NRAMP is an important strategy in improving the management of serious mental illness such as schizophrenia and related disorders, in women who are pregnant. This project involves extensive collaboration between many different clinical groups and industry, and shall culminate in an important resource to improve the quality of life for both patients and future generations.

PMID:
18058442
DOI:
10.1080/00048670701732723
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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