Age-related trends in psychotropic medication use among very young children in foster care

Susan DosReis, Ming Hui Tai, David Goffman, Sean E. Lynch, Gloria Reeves, Terry Shaw

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Objectives: The specific objectives were to investigate changes in the prevalence of psychotropic medication use for each year increase in age from three to six years old among children in foster care and to examine timevarying odds of longer duration of use by each year of age. Methods: A retrospective analysis of data on mental health and pharmacy services was conducted for 1,491 children age six and younger who were in foster care in 2010 and had at least 365 days in foster care during 2009-2011. A total of 178 children received at least one psychotropic medication from 2009 through 2011. Psychotropic prevalence and average days of use were calculated for each therapeutic class. Longitudinal regression models assessed the time-varying relationship between year of age and duration of use, controlling for demographic and clinical covariates. Results: Approximately 12% of children age six and younger in foster care for 365 days or more received at least one psychotropic medication over the three-year study period. Prevalence of ADHD medication and antipsychotic medication and duration increased with each year of age (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1452-1457
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume65
Issue number12
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StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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DosReis, S., Tai, M. H., Goffman, D., Lynch, S. E., Reeves, G., & Shaw, T. (2014). Age-related trends in psychotropic medication use among very young children in foster care. Psychiatric Services, 65(12), 1452-1457. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201300353

Age-related trends in psychotropic medication use among very young children in foster care. / DosReis, Susan; Tai, Ming Hui; Goffman, David; Lynch, Sean E.; Reeves, Gloria; Shaw, Terry.

In: Psychiatric Services, Vol. 65, No. 12, 01.12.2014, p. 1452-1457.

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DosReis, S, Tai, MH, Goffman, D, Lynch, SE, Reeves, G & Shaw, T 2014, 'Age-related trends in psychotropic medication use among very young children in foster care', Psychiatric Services, vol. 65, no. 12, pp. 1452-1457. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201300353
DosReis, Susan ; Tai, Ming Hui ; Goffman, David ; Lynch, Sean E. ; Reeves, Gloria ; Shaw, Terry. / Age-related trends in psychotropic medication use among very young children in foster care. In: Psychiatric Services. 2014 ; Vol. 65, No. 12. pp. 1452-1457.
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