Haloperidol prescribing practices in the general hospital

Thomas Wise, Lee S. Mann, Niru Jani, Ethan B. Kass, Shannon Goldwater, Kenneth Sonnenschein

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This study investigates the clinical use of haloperidol within a general hospital. Patients who were prescribed haloperidol were often elderly, seriously ill, and stayed in the hospital longer than average. Only 23% received a psychiatric consultation. Of the patients under study, 80% were prescribed haloperidol on a PRN basis. The most common reason for neuroleptic treatment was to symptomatically manage severe agitation. Organic mental syndromes were rarely documented. Mental status exams were generally absent; the neuroleptic's effect was often omitted, and its use was rarely noted in the discharge summary. It is recommended that more education regarding the use of neuroleptic medication is indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-371
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Haloperidol
General Hospitals
Antipsychotic Agents
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Referral and Consultation
Education
Therapeutics

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Wise, T., Mann, L. S., Jani, N., Kass, E. B., Goldwater, S., & Sonnenschein, K. (1989). Haloperidol prescribing practices in the general hospital. General Hospital Psychiatry, 11(5), 368-371. https://doi.org/10.1016/0163-8343(89)90126-6

Haloperidol prescribing practices in the general hospital. / Wise, Thomas; Mann, Lee S.; Jani, Niru; Kass, Ethan B.; Goldwater, Shannon; Sonnenschein, Kenneth.

In: General Hospital Psychiatry, Vol. 11, No. 5, 01.01.1989, p. 368-371.

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Wise, T, Mann, LS, Jani, N, Kass, EB, Goldwater, S & Sonnenschein, K 1989, 'Haloperidol prescribing practices in the general hospital', General Hospital Psychiatry, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 368-371. https://doi.org/10.1016/0163-8343(89)90126-6
Wise, Thomas ; Mann, Lee S. ; Jani, Niru ; Kass, Ethan B. ; Goldwater, Shannon ; Sonnenschein, Kenneth. / Haloperidol prescribing practices in the general hospital. In: General Hospital Psychiatry. 1989 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 368-371.
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