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Title: Perceptions on efficacy and side effects of conventional depot antipsychotics (CDA) and atypical depot antipsychotics (ADA) : psychiatrists versus patients in Hong Kong
Authors: Tsang, HWH 
Fong, MWM
Fung, KMT
Chung, RCK
Keywords: Antipsychotics (ADA)
Conventional depot antipsychotics
Functional performance
Side effects
Treatment efficacy
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis As
Source: International journal of psychiatry in clinical practice, 2010, v. 14, no. 1, p. 23-32 How to cite?
Journal: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice 
Abstract: Objectives. We compared the satisfaction level of psychiatrists and psychiatric patients towards conventional (CDA) and atypical (ADA) depot antipsychotics on symptom management, role functioning, and side effects. Method. Patients from an out-patient clinic of a public hospital and psychiatrists from public hospitals participated in the survey in 20072008. A total of 153 patients were interviewed by a tailor-made questionnaire and 72 psychiatrists self-administered a similar questionnaire. Results. Both groups shared similar attitudes towards clinical effectiveness and treatment efficacy of ADA and CDA. More patients were ambivalent towards relapse prevention of CDA than psychiatrists (30.7 vs. 16.7, P<0.044) and three quarters of psychiatrists believed that ADA are associated with less side effects. More than half of the patients showed negative attitudes towards the effectiveness of CDA on improving quality of life (52.40), work (57.50), and recreation (55.50). Psychiatrists were more aware of the limitation of CDA and severity of side effects of CDA. They did not, however, seem to incorporate patients' opinions and research findings into their clinical practice. Conclusion. Evidence-based practice and shared decision-making model between clinicians and mental patients should be advocated. More investigations should be devoted to examine the efficacy of ADA as the alternative to CDA.
DOI: 10.3109/13651500903282873
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